I'm new to classic ASP. Which ASP application do I download? VS 2005?

Hi,

So our company decided to go web-based and I took on the challenge of writing a few classic ASP pages (only because the server we have only supports classic ASP) and guess what? I don't have any ASP experience.

Fine, so while this is the case and I'm determined on learning it (I have C/C++/VBA knowledge) for simple tasks, I am finding it VERY difficult to even find a clean application write my classic ASP pages  in.

Is there something like MS Excels visual basic for applications editor where I can write the asp pages in, click "run" and the code hits the server, prompts me with errors, I can step through each error line by line and figure out what the heck is going on?

I went to the Visual Studio 2005 site by MSDN and there are a ton of express options. Which express version do I choose to get myself started?

If I don't need to use this, what other applications can I start using to get what I want? In a nutshell, here is what I'm looking for:

> A classic ASP application that will let me write asp code
> An application that will let me connect to the website, hit a database, and display my results in a potential "immediate" window
> An application that will let me step through the code line by line and see what the heck is going on!
> An application that will let me throw breaks in
> A SUPER cool, simple AND FREE application to write classic ASP.

Let me know your thoughts. A newbie approach will help immensely!
piyushdabombAsked:
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silemoneConnect With a Mentor Commented:
yes..

Visual Web Developer is correct...next, follow steps in this link to debug:

http://www.codeproject.com/KB/asp/Dubugging_Classic_ASP.aspx


I've tried to give this link 3 times already and everytime i try, the page stalls...sorry...just noticed you didn't have it...
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silemoneCommented:
you could just use dreamweaver if you're using classic asp...
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piyushdabombAuthor Commented:
I don't have dreamweaver!

..and it costs money.
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Loganathan NatarajanConnect With a Mentor LAMP DeveloperCommented:
earlier i used, Visual InterDev , http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms950412.aspx

Now ,I use Dreamweaver .. it is more easy

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silemoneCommented:
oops..also:

use visual studios express...the free version...along with this link, it shows how to set up .asp projects and also debug them in the vs environment...
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piyushdabombAuthor Commented:
A few questions to all of you:

I downlaoded Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. Is this correct?
Where can I download the visual interdev? I can't find it on the site. Can you give me the download link to it directly?
Can you also point me in the direction of working with this?

Thanks a lot
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piyushdabombAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the update. Can I somehow debug live without doing on my local machine?

I just installed IIS (I believe its 6.0 in XP).

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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
>>Where can I download the visual interdev?<<
You can't.  It is a commercial product, part of Visual Studio 6, which was last published well over 10 years ago.
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
Since you want to use classic ASP and you do not want to spend money.

Open Notepad
Type:
<% Response.Write "Hello World! %>
Save it as HelloWorld.asp in the wwwroot folder under Inetpub on your box.
You then should be able to execute it with IE as follows: localhost/HelloWorld.asp

Good luck.
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piyushdabombAuthor Commented:
acperkins,

I'm curious, can't I get 'away' from notepad. Its VERY difficult to read anything in note pad.
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
I know.  That is why they make text editors, such as UltraEdit and commercial programs specifically for ASP.  But they all cost money.
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piyushdabombAuthor Commented:
...or notepad++, the free text editor out there.

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silemoneCommented:
but you can't really debug in text editor without using MsgBoxes...
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piyushdabombAuthor Commented:
You've got a point. I'll try it shortly. Thanks!
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piyushdabombAuthor Commented:
I was able to download Visual Web Developer 2005 and Visual Web Developer 2008 from the link shown below. The expert comment provided me the direction to know what to do...
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