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Q1:I know an ASP programmer that will help me with my Web pages. What do I need to tell her about my Web pages so that she can write a script to process them on the server?
A1: She needs to know what you have called the items in your form and how you want them processed. If she is sending the data to a database she will need to know what you call them in your form so that she can parse the data into the correct place. She will also need to know if you need any validation or processing applied to the data. For instance, you may need to have individual prices added together as one total price.
Q2:Should I learn Perl, ASP, PHP, or CFML?
A2: It depends what you want to do when you grow up! Do you have a knack for coding? If so, having skills in any of these technologies might be fun and look great on your resume. Find out what technologies people at your work are using. If you learn those technologies your colleagues might be a good support system for your learning endeavor.

If you aren't that interested in coding but want to expand your Web skill set, maybe it's a better idea to specialize in something Dreamweaver excels at like Timeline animations or DHTML. Or learn more about databases. If you don't really enjoy coding it can be a real chore. More and more tools are available, like Drumbeat and Lasso, that do the coding for you.


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