First Web Application
Ok, I've been developing software for 15 years or so and I've never developed a web app. So I figure it's about time I knock something up so that I can get a feel for the whole thing.
Just a little background, I am very experienced with C, C++, Oracle, SQL Server, Visual Basic (incl .NET), Access, many other tools etc, just no web stuff.
if you know VB.net, this will be really easy for you. prepare to be bored. Learn some basic html, open up the the "getting started with aspx" section of the sdk, and go to town. DotNet has tried very hard to make it so "web" controls behave similar to windows forms.
If you want to knock out a quick web app, PHP is a real easy way to do so. It was designed specifically for web development, so you'll find the included library helps a lot. The documentation at http://www.php.net is pretty good.
"So I figure it's about time I knock something up so that I can get a feel for the whole thing."
If Microsoft, VBScript/C++ and ASP/ASP.NET and MSSQL/Access at Brinkster (or similar).
"If *nix, PHP + MySQL at Hypermart (or similar)."
If you have experience with all that you might want to check out several of those platforms, if you have access to and relatively recent (8.1.x) DB you could go with the Apache Oracle ships, which has a Apache module installed for native OCI connections to Oracle.
Thank you one and all, I'll have a crack at .NET and PHP.
Once you try ASP.NET, you'll be screaming in pain every time you have to deal with PHP.
Try this: www.foxserv.net. One-step installation of Apache, MySQL, and PHP for your Windows platform. You'd probably also be interested in using phpMyAdmin for managing your MySQL databases (look on sourceforge.net for that).
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