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    ASP Questions

    I currently have SQL Server, Dreamweaver UltraDev and HomeSite 4.5.

    What's the best software to use with ASP?
    I heard UltrDev writes sloppy code? Is this true?

    Which is more powerful:

    ASP and SQL Server
    or
    PHP and MYSQL?
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    Never having used DW UltraDev I can't really comment on that - sorry. I'd *guess* that it's faster than hand coding, at the expense of some control over the code, but as I say that's a guess. As always, the "best" depends on what you need - hand-coding may give you a better understanding of the code, and may give more efficient results, whereas DW UD may give a higher rate of work.

    As for ASP and SQL Server vs. PHP and MySQL - that's a really *really* big debate . In my opinion, having used both, there's not as large a difference as people would have you think (unless you're particularly anti-MS of course ). ASP and PHP do just about the same thing in just about the same way.

    The biggest difference in what you've asked in my opinion is that SQL Server is a "real" database, whereas MySQL is severely lacking in several key areas. That said, it's perfectly usable for web sites, and can be very fast (these forums run off MySQL for example) - it's not a turkey by any means, but I find it irritating to work with thanks to its inherent limitations. Chances are though, if you've not really used a database much before then you won't miss most of those things .

    One difference you'll find is in hosting - ASP hosting, particualrly with SQL Server access, tends to be more expensive than PHP hosting. I'm not sure whether or not that's a concern for you, but it's worth remembering.

    Sorry that's not really a definitive answer, but ASP and PHP are really very similar in terms of how "powerful" they are. And as I say, I can only guess at DW UD based on what I've heard second hand.

    Hope that's of at least some help .
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    I would have to go with crazytaxi on the ASP & SQL Server v PHP and mySQL issue.

    But about DWUD, the ASP is generates is very very bad. I've had the mispleasure of having to work with it and it is a nightmare. Not only is it terribly formatted, but it increases server load with needs leave render blocks, creating many things to do one simple job.

    The best software, personally, is Allaire Homesite, it doesn't generate any ASP for you, as its an editor, but if your going to learn yo hand code, which I recommend, I think its the best thing to work with.


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    Ok, so here's my plan. Forget Dreamweaver (I never use it anyway) Keep my existing site and hosting. Work with PHP and MYSQL.

    I appreciate the feedback.
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    Why did you decide to change to PHP/MySQL?


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    1) Because my site is already up and working very well.

    2) I don't really have the time to learn ASP from the ground up.

    3) vBulletin, vbPortal

    I may look for a Free, or dirt cheap ASP host (If there is one) to play with ASP on the side.
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    Bah!

    www.brinkster.com is free, it supports ASP3 and ASP.NET.


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    umm...

    lol...I am learning PHP,

    any comments about PHP dhtml?
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    I like PHP, its really fun to code in, and I would love to expand my knowledge of it, but with all this work I've got going on, and .NET coming out.

    I actually told my lil bro to learn PHP rather than ASP, mainly cos if I ever need PHP, I'll have a cheap(i.e free) coder, eheh.



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