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Which programs do I need to create ASP Database Driven websites using a Mac OS X 2.8 machine. I will be using dreamweaver MX 2004 as a start, but which database program etc? Is there an alternative to Access for the mac. Help! I don't know where to start!
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by:speyfisher
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I'd suggest PHP over ASP if you have the choice

Database:  MySQL or PostgreSQL
Script languarge for building dynamic web pages: PHP
Web Server:  Apache

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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 750 total points
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I doubt that there is any ASP solution of OS X available. Chilisoft used to have a package for OS 8 or 9, but this is no longer available (it looks like they were bought by Sun - the site www.chilisoft.com now links to a Sun page). Their current version does no longer support the Mac. Sorry. But PHP is probably a pretty good replacement. Check out th4e following links:

http://www.php.net/
http://www.mysql.com
http://www.postgresql.org/

As spyfisher already mentioned, PHP is actually better than ASP - at least if you don't have any specific requirements that can only be fulfilled with ASP.
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by:tlfeet
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Do you have a specific database back end in mind?
PostGRE? MySQL? other?

ASP is Windows only.

Another option is WebObjects by Apple http://store.apple.com/ search for webobjects.
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by:sandpetra
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hi there

thanks for your help.

Ok - I will be going with PHP - mysql, but I have had problems installing this in the past - any advice?

Also, I will be giving webobjects a go - will this allow me to create database driven websites and content management systems?

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by:tlfeet
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sandpetra wrote "but I have had problems installing this in the past - any advice?"

I have found PHP & MySQL to be fairly easy to install
I have used package & instructions at http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/php/

also: "will this allow me to create database driven websites and content management systems?"

I have not used it, fairly expensive, but it is what Apple uses to run its website.
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by:speyfisher
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also: "will this allow me to create database driven websites and content management systems?"
i've run CMS (i.e. postnuke, xoops, etc) very easliy with PHP, MySQL



 
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by:speyfisher
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installation will likely be in this order:

php: http://www.entropy.ch:16080/software/MacOSx/php/
mysql: http://www.entropy.ch:16080/software/macosx/mysql/
phpMyAdmin (GUI to administer MySQL) http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/

phpMyAdmin installation involves unzipping the package to a folder of your choice on your webserver (such as http://localhost/phpmyadmin) then editing config.inc.php
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