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I do basic programming and do fairly well with html; but I wish to start on the path of learning and deployment of dynamic sites for the reason stated above. How or where would you advise me to start this process?
>>>"...PHP and MySql are the way to go?..."
It depends. You need to answer the following questions before you decide whether to go down the php route or the asp route:
Bottom line: there are zealots of one or the other, but I think they both have their pros & cons, and it depends on your skills, preferences, and customer's requirements
Man, I wasn't trying to get you to buy a book, but it should help you out alot.
>>you feel PHP and MySql are the way to go?
Personally, yes! I don't care for ASP and MS hosting is way expensive. What you get for the extra money, I don't know. To me, PHP is very easy to learn and it has built in MySQL functions to interact with your db. And, as graham noted, both are free and available on the majority of hosts servers.