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    For years, I have been developing internal systems using Access with a lot of modules. I have also developed a fair number of simple, non-database driven Web applications using Dreamweaver MX. Recently I have looked at MS Visual Studio 5 Express Edition and it seems to intregrate Web design and Databases pretty well. I haven't really kept up with the changes in either the Dreamweaver or Frontpage / Visual Studio so I would appreciate some feedback of your experiences.

    I want to be able to design smaller web sites (< 20 pages) and use databases (either Access or MS SQL). I also would like to explore moving some of my Access apps to the Web platform. Also what are the limitations on the Microsoft Express versions?

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    Re: Recommendations

    My recommendation would be to shift to open source software, namely PHP and MySQL. I migrated to these from an MS Access background and haven't looked back; PHP is a much easier language to use than Visual Doodah and, of course, it's all <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.
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    Re: Recommendations

    The express version of Visual Studio are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> also. Big plus when it comes to making money - if you already know a programming language and database you don't have learn a new one and sacrifice earnings while in learning mode.

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    Re: Recommendations

    See VS 2005 Product Feature Comparisons. I couldn't find a similar link for Visual Studio 2008. It has just been released and I suppose that MSDN has not been fully updated yet or more likely I just can't find it.

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    Re: Recommendations

    One thing to consider is that Visual Studio is not just for writing programs from scratch, it also is for rapidly deploying .Net applications. That provides a very rich framework, and while there are numerous rich frameworks for open source developers, the level of integration achieved working with one company's tools is hard to match. Of course, there is a price to pay for that in cross-platform compatibility. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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