Zend_Db is a powerful tool in the right hands. It is not, however, the only way to access data via Zend Framework. Zend_Db has some advanced tools that you will want to investigate as you begin to run into the limits of using Zend_Db directly.
All of these are valuable in their own right and as your needs grow more complex, you will want to investigate them and start integrating them into your applications.
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