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I have no programming background. I ordered Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 to learn more about ASP and as a steppingstone to ASP.NET.

My main interest is in learning how to schedule data to appear for predetermined time periods from various sites that I design. After the time has passed I want the page to automatically revert to whatever was there before the predetermined starting time or, possibly, start a new "special".

For example, a "daily special" five, six or seven days a week for a restaurant or a "weekend special" for a retailer, a "weekly special" and so on. All data would be placed in tables with both text and photos/graphics.

These sites are not ecommerce and therefore I don't need price, sales tax or shipping computations. I do need to be able to change the data as quickly and effortlessly as possible though. I use FrontPage 2003 for design purposes with an ASP hosting company.

It is important that I get started on the right track by deciding 1. The correct db to use and 2. whether one large db can be used for many small sites, or if some sort of ease and efficiency is gained by using one small db per site.

In addition to Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 do you think I should buy Beginning ASP Databsases or do you think Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 is enough? Thank you.








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ASP is not a stepping stone to ASP.NET. You need to start with ASP.NET if you are attempting to learn it. You can accomplish the task with either language.

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You said, " You can accomplish the task with either language."
Currently I don't know any (programming) languages. Please be more explicit. Thanks.



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For your needs Beginning ASP will work just fine. If you have a rudimentary understanding of Database design the ASP for your site should be relatively easy.

You'll find the book relatively easy to use.

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OK. Thanks for your reply.

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ASP will be easier to learn if you don't know any programming languages.

If you were eventually wanting to learn ASP.NET I would recommend to start today. :)

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You said, "If you were eventually wanting to learn ASP.NET I would recommend to start today." I thought that to learn ASP.NET, first I would have to learn ASP.

I design small sites that are part and parcel of larger ones and I have to learn how to make the small sites more interactive. (Please see my original post). How would ASP.NET fit into that framework? Is ASP.NET just very different from ASP?

I'm sorry to be so ignorant of ASP in general, but I really do want to learn as much as I can about both ASP & ASP.NET. Thanks.



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ASP.NET is very different than ASP. It takes a different approach to almost everything. You no longer use VBScript with ASP.NET and connections to a database are handled differently just to name a couple.

ASP will get the job done but I recommend ASP.NET. -Just an opinion.

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Hi

It doesnt matter, you can do it in either. I have no experience in .net so i dont kno which ones easier. I do know that the Brginning ASP 3.0 book is a good tutorial.

Saying that I should be getting back to it. Nothing learnt is wasted.

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