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    Is asp better to learn than php?

    Just wondering because i know php fairly well right now and was wondering if asp is better or if it was the same and just a coding preference as to which one is more popular?

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    If you literally mean "ASP" and not "ASP.NET", don't bother. ASP is yet another language/technology that MS promoted, then abandoned. Even ASP.NET will be superseded by something new in a couple of years, the same way that Frontpage server extensions have now been superseded by Sharepoint server extensions. MS needs to keep everyone buying programming language reference manuals, development tools, server software, certification classes...
    If you are learning PHP, developing PHP code, or debugging PHP code, do yourself a favor and check your web server log for errors and/or turn on full PHP error reporting in php.ini or in a .htaccess file to get PHP to help you.

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    I would concentrate on PHP/Ajax, especially if you already have a start with it.
    IMO Microsoft doesn't have much of a future anyway.
    I know that I know nothing

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    There's no "better than" here. The more languages you know the better. It really can't you, but only broaden your skill set and make you a little more marketable in the long run.

    Also, if you already are familiar with OO concepts(with php for you). Then learning .NET is really a lot of syntax, there are of course differences regardless, but nothing that is too difficult to pick up. Anything is possible.

    I say, Why Not?

    Good luck;

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    While I don't entirely agree with some of the points CFM made, his point about asp being abandoned is valid. ASP 3.0 (classic) is a dinosaur and MS is slowly making it so that the newer servers are not as friendly towards it. Go ahead and add the .Net skills since most companies using MS technology are looking for programmers with .net skills and any experience with classic is a +. Where I work any new programmers are not asked about skills in classic asp it is their skills in .net that we are concerned about as we are rewriting all of the legacy asp code in .net.

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    Good points have been made about Classic ASP being old and not used as much these days. Although it may not be a bad idea to learn a little bit about it, as there may be a need to maintain legacy projects.

    For me, if it were ASP vs PHP, I'd go PHP. ASP.NET vs PHP is harder. The jury is still out.

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    If you work for or trying to get a job for a company that uses ASP/VBScript, then ASP/VBScript would be a good technology to learn

    It all depends on the requirements. If you say that you are an expert in PHP and mySQL and then they ask you to create a HTML template but you can't write HTML then you are stuffed.

    imo, You need to know (x)HTML, basic Javscript/Ajax and CSS, SQL and a server-side scripting language.

    I started with PHP and mySQL. ASP VBScript was pretty easy to learn after that and so was SQL Server.
    You just have to keep the documentation for ASP, VBScript, Access and SQL Server handy for the different functions and methods.

    w3schools is never far away even now for checking up on things.


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