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Old 03-14-2007, 03:42 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by dthomsen8 View Post
I commend to you MySQL and PHP as the way to go. I am back on the learning curve on those two things, using XAMPP locally to learn.
If this were only me, and I was starting out from scratch, I would definitely do that. I'm already shifting my old static ways to dynamic web content with PHP and various flavors of SQL. However, this particular project is for my boss, and they've got MS SQL Server and Visual Studio already installed. The network application is done in Powerbuilder and MS Access but sales web application is done with Visual Studio and .NET.

I've been told that I can use whatever technology that I choose, and I have a limited budget for training if I need to get it. However, I'm concerned that if I go too far away from the current architecture that I'll be starting so far back from scratch my training budget won't be able to cover what I need.

In the short term, however, I'm needing to write basic queries in Query Analyzer that correct some data issues.

I'm not convinced I'm the person for the project, though. I'm not a computer scientist, and I've only had one course in Pascal in 1990--no experience whatsoever in GUI development. I know, though, that there are plenty of other people who've found themselves in a similar position and been able to chart a new career path as a result.
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