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Company switching web stuff to asp.net. I'm scared!

switching from php to asp.net

3:59 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm a web designer who's been writing PHP for almost 2 years now. PHP feels very natural for me as does javascript,flash,dreamweaver etc etc. I also develop on a mac.

My company just dropped a bomb on me said that they are discontinuing further PHP sites and switching to asp.net. Since I am the only web designer/developer in the company and the rest of the dev team are .NET guys, they see this as a perfect integration into scalability.

I don't have a problem learning a new language, but since I deal with all the marketing and quick deadlines, this is really freaking me out.

Anybody out there make this switch and should I be as worried about it as I am? I just have a feeling the learning curve will be steep and asp.net will not give me the ability to execute certain nuances I need as a designer.

9:27 pm on Feb 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Greetings.. I was put into that same position not too long ago myself. It's not that hard really. I was a "I hate ASP" person, but I have learned that there are a lot of interesting things that can be done.

The learning curve is surprisingly quick once you put your head around a couple of things. Like postbacks and how it affects the code.

It's quite versatile!

11:10 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I came from ASP to ASP.NET, and it could just have been PHP to ASP.NET, the two are very different - but one thing doesn't change, problem solving.

Once you get the syntax down, you'll wonder why you ever wasted all your time writing your own functions in PHP when most are built into .NET already :).

Just take a step back, learn the basics of the language, learn the code behind structure and it becomes VERY easy to manage.


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