While there are times blogs4God can become a 687lb Gorilla, this site on the other hand continues to be a daily joy. Not only because I can help some of you, but because there are some of you regular readers out there who make me love what I do, and love you guys (in a macho-brotherly kinda way!-) Your comments are fun to read and often fill in the blanks on things technical. Point in case, comments I received yesterday as I pondered aloud if one could implement .NET solutions on a church web site without going bankrupt. It appears that indeed one can.
Kevin at Random Trout enumerates several stellar solutions when he writes:
- The ASP.NET team has developed a free tool for making ASP.NET apps called Web Matrix
- MSFT has a ‘lite’ version of SQL Server called MSDE (Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Edition). (Actually, it’s confusing to me if MSDE is free or not. The link has all the info.)
- And ASP.NET web hosting can be found that is comparable in price to Unix hosting, which includes SQL Server space.
- And, the .NET framework is free as well.
If that’s not enough, Glenn at The Journal contributes these compelling comments:
- Disregarding the purchase of the OS, there is no cost for the .NET runtime or the .NET SDK. As kevin said, all the tools necessary for developing .NET apps are also free.
- MSDE _is_ free, it is essentially SQL Server with limited connections and no GUI admin tools.
- Many of our developers in house don’t use the massively bloated VS.NET IDE — we use our favorite editor, the command line, and NAnt.
- Also, if you want a cheap site to try this stuff out on, go look at WebStrikeSolutions (no kickbacks, just a happy customer). They offer the latest .NET run-times on their MS servers, and the price is right — $30 setup, first year free with no commitments after that.
Like I said … I love my users! Thanks guys!
And because I know you and other regular readers want my posts to be something a bit more substanitive than re-hashed comments, here are a few interesting websites and tools on that might help you use ASP.Net with your church web site:
- The Dreamweaver Team Extensions
- Macromedia – DevNet : Dreamweaver ASP.NET Articles
- Free & Commercial Dreamweaver MX ASP.NET Extensions
- SharpDevelop – (#develop for short) is a free IDE for C# and VB.NET projects on Microsoft’s .NET platform.
- Home / Mono – an effort to create an open source implementation of the .NET Development Framework.
- FCKeditor – a Text Editor for Internet with ASP.Net support.
- Linux Device Driver Development Tool Kits
Okay, that last one didn’t have anything to do with ASP or VB.Net for your church web site — I just happened to find it while looking for the other stuff and didn’t want to lose the bookmark.
Got any other tools to suggest? Leave a comment!