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Choose the right technology

I have a “filler project” coming up and I need to choose the right tools to get the job done.

There’s a bit of infrastructure in place: MS SQL Server, IIS and a couple of databases on the SQL server.

I need to write a web enabled front end for those, containing two forms to enter information. Also I need to be able to create reports from the database (also in HTML).

Somebody else did the bidding and estimation so there is a lot less time than I’d like to have to spend on this project.

Luckily I can select the technology to use - but what should I choose?

Notes/Domino is out of the question. Looking at my choices I see the following options:

  • ASP
  • PHP
  • Perl CGI
  • Python

I have seen ASP and it looks a lot like LotusScript, so I’m confident I can tackle that. I have played a bit with PHP, should be rather easy to learn. Perl - I have written some simple database related CGI stuff in my last project, so there is some familiarity. Python - I’m playing with the language and like what I see.

What would you choose in my situation?

Jens-Christian Fischer

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