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    I was thinking about trying ASP because I've heard it's a great way to start generating websites. Has anyone else used it? Were your experiences good or bad?

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    Skip ASP. It's not a forgiving language, makes it difficult to do many things, and ties you to Windows.

    Instead, give Ruby a shot:
    About Ruby
    Ruby in Twenty Minutes
    The Pragmatic Bookshelf | Programming Ruby 1.9

    Ruby's a very flexible, fully object-oriented language. It can run on any operating system (IE: Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux, etc), it doesn't require you to spend money (IE: Microsoft Visual Studio), and doesn't tie you into any proprietary products (IE: Microsoft Visual Studio).

    Also, the amount of help that's available for Ruby is phenomenal. There are ridiculous numbers of tutorials, mailing lists, how-tos, etc. Eg:
    In addition to that, there are so many open-source projects written in Ruby that will make your life so much easier. For example, one of the many authentication frameworks is AuthLogic, which is dead easy to integrate into Ruby on Rails web applications.

    And ActiveRecord (which is built into Ruby on Rails) makes it unbelievably simple to communicate with a database. For example, say you have a database table for books with these fields:
    • id
    • title
    • isbn
    • price
    This tiny bit of Ruby code is all that you'd need to interact with that table:
    Code:
    class Book < ActiveRecord::Base
    end
    With that, you can do almost anything with books:
    Code:
    Book.create :name => "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", :isbn => 12345
    
    b = Book.find_by_name "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy"
    b.price = 34.95
    b.save
    
    Book.find_by_isbn(12345).delete
    Compare that to the standard nightmare of writing SQL queries that most people have to put up with. No thanks! I'll take Ruby.

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