Howdy! Newbie to Coding Forums here.
I'm new to ASP development, but not to computer programming. Our shop is a cheap, low-budget for software development, state agency so any resemblance to an integrated development environment or professional tools is purely coincidental.
Let's Start at the Beginning
I must get by on-the-cheap. Our organization will not buy Dreamweaver Ultradev or MS's Developer's InterDev (Developer Studio) for me. If I begged enough I might get some blood out of this turnip; "productivity" is a buzzword they at least heard before.
I need solid recommendations (and rationale) for:
- Text Editors
Reference books (NOT the same as tutorial/textbooks)
Tutorial books (If you've ever seen C How to Program (or other "how to Program" books) by Deitel & Deitel, then you know what style of *textbooks* I like.
Color coding is a must. Editor cannot add it's own code. You know the usual features a programmer's tool should have.
MS Word is outta there!.
Been using "EditPlus" for a few weeks now. It's OK. Color coding is adequate, good auto-indenting, some HTML tag buttons.
"TextPad" was recommended in some book, but haven't used it. Looks like it can color-code only 1 language at a time.
PFE has no color coding.
Is there any PC editor as good as BBEdit (Macintosh only)? Using BBEdit from my Macintosh is too inconvenient and BBEdit only "understands" HTML. File name extensions on email attachments can be a problem sometimes - as I've experienced in Outlook.
"MS Development Environment." Included in Windows 98. Looks a symbolic debugger, like it MS Ultra Dev with zero bells and whistles. Recognizes the ASP tag though. Haven't used it yet. Symbolic debugger stuff does not work - do I need to install Personal Web Server and drive my ASP pages from my local computer to make it work?
Is there *anything* that nicely integrates all the coding elements?
Professional Active Server Pages Wrox publishing - Well, it's getting me started, but it's a struggle.
HTML, The Definitive Guide - O'Reilly Publishing. Comprehensive reference, but definitely not a book for actually learning HTML.
Transact-SQL Programming - O'Reilly Publishing. This book has been very useable.
Learning VBScript - O'Reilly Publishing. Fireplace fodder, that's all I can say.