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.