ASP.NET

I currently have Dreamweaver 3 (on a Mac), but am going to have to learn ASP.net for a client's Web site.

What do I need?  Can I do this with Dreamweaver MX on a Mac?  Or MUST it be a PC?  Also, what are my needs for the database end of things (i.e., for the testing of the pages, and for reading and working with the database?

***What is the best book out, for this Dreamweaver/ASP.net combination?
***What is the best book for ASP.net?
***What is the best book for Dreamweaver MX?


Thanks -
Jim
jim123052397Asked:
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nuclear_eclipseConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I think what he meant was that the server the page is being hosted on needs to be running Windows 2000 or Windows XP/.Net

Also, in order to work with ASP.Net, unless you know all the coding off hand, you will need DreamWeaver MX to do the coding.  If you know ASP.net code by heart, then you should be able to use just about any web editor that allows you to input code manually, but beware of the editor changing/removing the code if you go into WYSIWYG mode, it is known to happen all too often...
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zombeenCommented:
for books i suggest you can lon on to many sites and see for yourself. Amazon is generally a very good source. but I personaaly like the Wrox series quite a bit.

To learn .net you need to have win 2k or win xp installed and cannot run on other os.
i suggest for more understanding log on to www.asp.net which gives exact information for .net

Zombeen
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jim123052397Author Commented:
What do you mean, "learn .net you need to have win 2k or win xp installed"?

I thought .net ran on a Mac version of Dreamweaver MX....
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zombeenCommented:
thanks for clarifying me nuclear_eclipse. ia appreciate that

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jim123052397Author Commented:
nuclear -

thanks for clearing that up. ..it WAS confusing.

so i CAN indeed create and learn asp.net by using Dreamweaver MX on my Mac...i just need to upload the pages onto a server that's running windows 2000 or xp?

thanks -
jim
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zombeenCommented:
jim, i thought that even if you just want to learn .net, you would ideally need an environment that can run .net applications...anyways if all your doubts are clear, i would suggest you to close the q and award points to someone

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zombeenCommented:
and also do check out www.asp.net... its a gr8 site for a .net newbie

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jim123052397Author Commented:
as soon as i hear back from nuclear, i'll do just that...thanks.
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zombeenCommented:
ok... but if i have to advise you dreamweaver mx will seriously fall short of the calibre you might want to achieve in .net... its great for creating html pages, but for a more serious work i recommend some books on .net and ofcourse the www.asp.net tutorials and some gr9 starter kits available there

thanks
Zombeen
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willis3000Commented:
Hi Jim,

Yes, you have to have a PC to do the job, or you can emulate a PC on your MAC with Virtual PC.  ASP.NET only runs on IIS-5 and 6, which are supported on ALL VERSIONS of WINDOWS 2000 and the PROFESSIONAL Version of WINDOWS XP.

ASP.NET runs on the .NET platform, which can connect to a variety of databases through ODBC and OLEDB, including Access, Filemaker, Oracle, Sybase, MySQL, DB2, etc.  ASP.NET also has native support for MS SQL Server database.  In short, you can connect to almost any commercially available database.

I recommend these free resource for learning, as they're comparable to many books:

ASP.NET/Dreamweaver combination:
http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/dreamweaver/dotnet.html

ASP.NET:
http://www.asp.net/Tutorials/quickstart.aspx

Dreamweaver MX:
http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/dreamweaver/


Good luck!

Will
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zombeenCommented:
jim. if all this is sufficient for your understanding, i request you to come back here and close the q., after awarding the points to any one of the experts here

Thanks
Zombeen
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