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06-27-2002, 01:42 PM #1
Compare ASP, PHP, CGI and XML
I have a job to do, and very little experience in ASP, CGI, PHP, and none in XML .... I need to create a business area on a website for a business who wishes there employees to be able to access with a password, fill out a form to add new merchandise, and then have it automatically include on thier website pages for the public. It is not E-Commerce, or a database, just simply adds the new product to the existing web page. To help me get started learning more, could someone give me a quick rundown on the general uses of PHP, ASP, and what is XML for? Which would be best for a project like this? I hope this is not too big a question. I am on a very tight timeframe for learning this.
06-27-2002, 02:23 PM #2
Hiya wildflower, welcome to the forums.
If time is of the essence, learn php. It opensource, free, easier syntax, and the tutorials are better.
You could probably learn to make a beta version of the system you need within a week if you started learning php now (rough guess), based on a flat file system.
Tutorials - www.php.net , www.webmonkey.com
Good luck, any questions (more specific, kind of thing) then please feel free to post.
If you need any example scripts, then just ask. (I spent a day looking for an easy way to write to the top of a file instead of the bottom...had to figure it for myself in the end )
06-27-2002, 03:10 PM #3
Prewritten PHP scripts?
Thank you for your reply. Are there prewritten PHP scripts for things such as this? Is this a pretty straightforward easy project or am I looking at a complicated project? I run 15 different lake websites, along with designing other sites, and do not have a heck of a lot of time for learning, sad as it is. If I could learn something quick enough for this project now, I will make sure to take the time to learn more depth in the future.
06-27-2002, 04:08 PM #4
Sure, loadsa scripts out there -
06-27-2002, 07:44 PM #5
PHP is a form of CGI.
PHP is a quick language to learn and use, and there is a large community for that.
ASP is similar to PHP
ASP is PURE Object Oriented Design. ASP was a little harder to learn for me, and I didn't really find any 'community' help.
XML is not a programming language, it's just a simple way to store information.
XML is used alot in content management, to provide a layer between the data and the client, something like this:
[DATABASE] => [XML] => [PROCESSED BY LANGUAGE] => [ DELIVERED TO CLIENT]
CGI / PERL is a language I think is dying, it's slow and not really made for Web Stuff.
Hope that gives you a brief summary.
06-28-2002, 09:47 AM #6
Dean, thank you very much
Do you have the time for a more indepth conversation? I have ICQ and AOL, if it is possible to meet you on one of those. And if it becomes necessary for me to hire a programmer due to lack of time, do you take jobs like that? I know exactly what I need this program to do, and want to use it for several of my clients, however, I have not been able to find a script for it. It needs to be straight PHP, no MYSQL. Do you have the time to talk today at all?
I appreciate your help incredibly, I have learned a lot yesterday. Just havent learned how to write it myself. Never was good at the programming.
06-28-2002, 09:49 AM #7
Thank you Zaire
I believe it will be better to learn the PHP than anything else to begin with.
I appreciate your help.
06-28-2002, 10:39 AM #8
ee. I could probably knock up a simple flatfile system, I am online tommorow from 10am onwards (GMT time) so email me your msn handle and I will contact you.