This is quite a general question.
I'm not very experienced in web development generally, and certainly not in the realms of dynamic content and scripting etc., but I want to learn so I'm not after a solution per se.
What I'm interested in is a bit of directional guidance as to which technologies I need to go with. Basically I'm bewildered by the range of different approaches.
Some background: I want to develop a web page that is essentially a database query fed with criteria from a form. It should report in the form of a table of values for a couple of variables and a chart.
The data originates in SPSS (a statistical programme) but could easily be converted into something else (I've been using XML), so this shouldn't be an issue.
What would more experienced heads recommend as the best technology. It should be platform and application neutral if possible.
Points all round for useful answers.