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I am new to web development, but have been developing non-web apps for years. I have been looking at Perl and asp both, but I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of these. (Most of what I'm interested in is interacting with the user, so information can be entered in the browser then emailed.  Or information like entering a search field, searching a database and dynamically creating the webpage for the user.... or accepting/checking passwords for authorization, etc....)
Can someone give me a "neutral" point of view, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of using Perl vs. asp?
Is one faster than the other?
Is one easier to learn?
Is one more versatile and can do much more?
Do they both operate under unix and NT?
I'm new to this, so any information you can expand on would be greatly appreciated.
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>Is one faster than the other?

ASP can be faster than CGI using Perl. It's because in case of a CGI script, each time a request made, new process is initiated which is not the case with ASP.

>Is one easier to learn?

If you're familier with C/C++ or Shell programming, Perl can be very easy language to learn. It's a powerful language with easy syntax(compared to Shell scripting). On the other hand, ASP is not a language, but it's an enviroment. You've to write ASP in VBScript/JavaScript or any other scripting languages(but IIS server should support them). In learning point of view, ASP has slight upperhand over Perl(that's in my view)

>Is one more versatile and can do much more?

Almost any task you can perform with both ASP and CGI. But ASP can be very simple to use. Because it makes things look simpler and take care of so many tasks(eg: you need not print headers which are reqired in CGI). As such with IIS4.0 you'll get componets which may not capable of doing many things. But so many commercial components are available widely on the Net which almost can serve any of your purpose.

>Do they both operate under unix and NT?

CGI can run on both unix and NT. But ASP cannot run on Unix. It require IIS to run on.

           Finally, it all depends on options like - type of your application, level of complexity, hardware/software you're going to use etc. If you organization already using Microsoft products widely, then IIS will directly fit into it and ASP can be better option. or If UNIX is there all over there's I don't see any need to go for ASP.
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Thanks for the info, that helps make things clearer.  I have heard ASP is great, but I want something that will run on unix or NT, so I will probably lean towards perl (I have heard alot of good things about perl also).
Is IIS the new term for NT server?

            Thanks
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NO!!!. IIS(Internet Information Server) is a Web server from Microsoft, compatible with NT server. It's different from NT. To run ASP on Windows95/98, you can download a Personal web server/Peer web server from Microsoft's web site. I wish you all the best for your entry into web world!!!
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