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    Learning ASP.

    I want to learn ASP.

    I already know all the great ASP sites like w3schools.com and asp101.com. What I want to know is what is the best way to learn ASP.

    What should I master first before moving on?
    When should I start messing with databases?
    What part of ASP script should I learn first?

    Those are the type of questions I have.

    I appreciate the help.


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    Your best bet is to get some beginner material, either on-line or a book (Beginning ASP 3.0 by Wrox).

    Set up your home computer so that the Web server is running and start doing the examples. Once you get comfortable with some basic skills, brainstorm a concept for a Web-based application - like an on-line calendar, content management, gust book, etc... - and then create it.

    You may also want to look at these sites
    http://www.webmasterbase.com/article.php/371
    http://www.webmasterbase.com/article.php/387
    http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/
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    I learnt it by reading up on the very basics and then diving straight into it, reading up material only when necessary (i.e. when I got stuck).

    I have had experience with C and C++ though, so this might not be the best method for you, but really, it is not that difficult to pick up.

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    I learned ASP by diving right in too. I did buy Beginning Server Pages from Wrox which helped out tremendously.

    Tip: Check out eBay for used books. You can usually find great deals there.

    It is always good to have a book around for a reference, IMO. Sometimes you just can't find what you are looking for on the ASP web sites.

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    They said it the best. You have to crawl before you can walk. Learn the basics, even if you think "I won't need that". You WILL need everything sooner or later, trust me.

    Never be afraid to learn new things. they'll save ur butt some day.

    That's my main advice. there's more where that came from, if you'd like.
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    I learned ASP by thinking up projects and then building them. There are subjects that you can't fathom until you start doing something and you come across them. For example, I was creating a guestbook. I wanted to make sure that people entered all of the form fields ( server side ). In the process, I learned about regular expressions.

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    makeda's idea is most likely the best one. Besides gaining experience, probably about 75% of all your knowledge about ASP will be gained through actually doing projects and web sites. At least mine has been. And I believe it's paid off greatly. Forces you to think out problems, explore, take the road that isn't necessarily the easy one.

    Okay, I'm done the random babbling for now.
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    Originally posted by makeda
    I learned ASP by thinking up projects and then building them. There are subjects that you can't fathom until you start doing something and you come across them.
    This is very good advice. I learned ASP through my work in helping to develop the Snitz forums (and before that the asp-dev forums, which Snitz was derived from). There is nothing like digging into the code to learn what to do and not to do....
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    I have a copy of the newest Snitz Forums that I was going to use as my first ASP venture.

    Thanks for all the help.

    Ill be back in a while with all my ASP questions.



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