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ASP, CGI, JSP, PHP, XML ---Which is the way to go?

Out of ASP, CGI, JSP, PHP, XML, which one should I focus on?
Which one is going to be used the most in 5 years time?
Which is the best?
I know PHP and I'm just starting to get into XML but I'd like to know if there is a language that is going to be the most commenlly used. I've seen alot of asp used on business sites but I'm not a big fan of it, so really I'm asking for an experts opinion.

Cheers

-OBCT
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WebmonkeyCommented:
Wow.  Now -that's- a question.  OBCT, I'm going to preface my answer by saying that there really isn't a right and wrong way to go.  Heck, not long ago I worked with another Network Adminsitrator who could do things with MS-DOS Batch files than I couldn't do with Visual Basic.  

To get the answer you want, I'd need to know if you consider yourself well versed in any other language(s).  For instance, if you know C / C+ / C# pretty well, I'd say that you show go with Java/JSP or CGI.  If you have a solid background in Visual Basic or VBA, I'd say you should go with ASP.

It's been my professional experience that people tend to pick up ASP faster than any other of those languages.  I think the reason is that it is the closest to "plain english" and (if you have a good understanding of Object Model Languages) it just makes simple sense.

Another thing to keep in mind is the platform you plan on developing for.  NT?  I'd stick with ASP.  Unix or Linux?  You better go with CGI or PHP.  Keep in mind that there are ways of running CGI and PHP on a Windows platform, as well as ASP on Linux.  But you'll find that things always seem to run more smoothly if you don't mismatch them.

All of that being said, my backend language of choice is ASP/VBScript.

HOPE THIS HELPS!

Webmonkey
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rafamvcCommented:
I think u have to analize somethings before choose a language.

At commercial programming u will probaly program with more than 10 programmers, and there is a realy problem about making codes that are understable or self-explicative. On web programming u have to analize that languages like ASP(not ASP.NET), PHP, Cold Fusion and all languages that doesnt implements a well dont object orienting programming are not recommended to projects that are big, coz u dont split what is interface(HTML)  and what is coding to handle the information. Mantain a big project with this problem is a waste of time, cause webdevelopers and webdesign will always invade theirs spaces, making the websoftware unstable. But this vantage has a cost. The learning curve is stronger if u choose to learn an OO language for Internet. ASP and PHP are very simple languages for start into webprogramming, but are not aplicable for huge projects. PAY ATTENTION: Huge work is huge work. Most of projects i've seen are ASP/PHP applicable.

But if u plan to get money with webprogramming i suggest u to learn both language that are used in professional webdevelopment, that are JSP and ASP.NET. Other good thing to learn is how to make C or C# DLL's cause they are very usefull to make repetive tasks or to make communication between sites, or to an XML outup.

Note: PHP 5 is beta, but it is a promess to be a new OO language to be next to JSP and ASP.NET. Take a good look at it, cause if u start to learn it right now u can be a good PHP 5 programmer when PHP 5 get to commercial zone.

Wow, i write too much. Sorry.

Here in Brazil we dont usualy have a "main" language to program like other country's programmers, coz we use to develop to more than one client, and that is a very good experience, cause u learn what is better to use to each case of client needs.

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Rafael Cardoso

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