Help me choose a web development path

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  1. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    So - me and my buddy have an idea for a web site but neither of us have any real background in web site development. As some of you know, I've been developing in Access for some time now, but that job is no longer. So, I'm favoring VB.net, but the cost is somewhat prohibitive for everything we want to do. In the first phase, we want to be able to:

    - Enter information online and store it in a database
    - Using information entered, email summary information
    - Like to be able to upload data via .txt or .xls online
    - Display summary information online

    It's daunting right now, but I need some direction on where to go, or simply throw up my hands and walk away now. I can pick up languages fairly easily and I know my databases inside and out but I honestly don't know where to start.
     
  2. kingtoad

    kingtoad OT Supporter

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    Your partner should take the graphic design route, and you should take the development route. Since you know VB.NET, you're probably better off sticking with ASP.NET while developing your website. And stay away from access. Access works OK for a low bandwidth site, but when you start getting more than just a few hits, you definatly need to get into something a bit more complex, such as MS SQL Server.

    Personally, I love PHP and Perl and use MySQL as a database back-end. If you plan on taking this on a professional route though, there are many more jobs paying more if you know C# or .NET though.
     
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    I use MySQL with .NET for my website and it has worked out really well. MySQL has a managed provider now, so it's exactly like working with SQL Server/Oracle. VB.NET/MySQL would be a cost effective choice for what you're doing while still giving plenty of power.
     
  4. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    What about web hosting - what do I need to look for in a provider for VB.net?
     
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    Just a host that supports ASP.NET/MySQL>
     
  6. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Thanks for all the responses guys :bigthumb: I gotta do some reading now
     

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