I'm assuming that all he wants to do is test his site locally before putting it online.Decker said:For ASP or .NET you'll need IIS (there are perl versions of ASP interpreters but not as good as native support) preferably version 6 running, and the old ASP and new .NET are different. The .NET stuff will cost you dearly.
CareBear said:I'm assuming that all he wants to do is test his site locally before putting it online.
In either case: ASP.NET won't cost you a cent.
.NET framework runtime v1.1 + .NET v1.1 SDK (documentation, samples, etc)
development IDE: The WebMatrix project or Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition (part of the Visual Studio.NET family - currently in beta. Not sure it if is free after the final release)
Web server: IIS 5 (comes with XP Pro) will run .NET, WebMatrix also features a builtin webserver for testing purposes
database server: SQL server 2000 Desktop Engine or SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (current in beta, final version will be available free of charge still)
To be fair: Zend Studio is an IDE for PHP and has a free limited feature license available for it.
And just for the record: a full version of Zend Studio will set you back $250, a Visual Studio.NET Standard license can be had for $100.
SQL Server comes with a full GUI and is superior to mySQL which has a command line and rather poor documentation. Free, decent mySQL GUIs don't exist and SQLyog which is my personal favourite is priced at $49 for a license.
Do the math and see how "free" PHP really is. :shame:
How am I supposed to debug and step through PHP code without an IDE that features a debugger? :confused4GregT said:
Have you ever looked through the MSDN library? :confused4GregT said:PHP has some of the best documentation I've seen.
Simple example: how to write to a text file?The MSDN library is a nightmare - you know the keywords and nothing your looking for appears.
Where on http://msdn.microsoft.com/library does it ask you to pay for accessing it online? :confused4Decker said:It's just a basic reference guide at a premium cost.