I hear .Net is the be all end all. aspx etc
.Net is ASPX.
I hear Ajax lets you still use what you know
to be honest - i dont understand either of the above - but would like to simply ask: What leverages current knowledge best?
Neither. They are both equally technical. If you don't understand one, you won't get the other.
is .Net or Ajax better - and why would anyone need them?
AJAX uses .Net (or PHP for that matter) and it allows parts of a page to reload wthout refreshing the entire page. For example, a stock ticker that does not need to update the page to get new information.
if you have played with CSS - but found it too programmer friendly (not user friendly)
CSS is designed to be used only by developers/designers. The end user was meant never to know it was there. Any true designer is proficient in CSS. If you need a lesson in CSS, there is a real easy and good one over on W3Schools.
and lastly - why is all of the above (dynamic content / rss / whatever you want to call it - render everything in the browser (user controls) useless? - mouse over a dynamic link (doesnt display in the IE url /status bar area... try to use right mouse -
no options availalble..
- font sizing larger doesnt work...there are many things these new "web standards" remove from the user?
Ummm... what are you using? This problem seems to be with whatever you have written your page with, not .Net or AJAX. RSS is a completely different ballpark and rarely integrates with browsers in the ways you are describing. Lets stay on topic.
First off - every - single - thing that has to do with .net - ive noticed its complexitiy is through the roof. Is this really nessesary for regular "hey i learned html" authors to deal with? what are the rewards? ( if coding is involved - there are no
rewards) to the casual dev? Half the net works on .asp - where is the page of " why to use aspx to help figure it out?
.Net is extremely simple, when you know what you are doing (I'm 15, and coding with VB.Net right now). It is much more complicated than HTML, simply because it is a PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE. HTML is not a programming language. It is a layout and design markup language.
with .Net can either be in-crackable or take days to weeks to months to crack.
as far as ajax goes - is it just a buzzword - for - what you know still will work? if it is GOOD! but i still dont know what the heck it is.
It absolutely is a buzz word. But it also delivers. Look at the My MSN homepage. Look at Google Suggest. Look at MSN Video. Look at Google Maps. All of these things use AJAX to make them work. And they work well.
will ie7 fix all this? is it back to the drawing board for everyone whos ever toyed with html? Do you really think explaining everything like everyone is a programmer - will help win you market share?
Whoa... slow down, buckaroo. IE7 is just an update to IE and will feature better support of web standards. All of your sites today will work in it then (unless you have seriously malformed code).
Market share has nothing to do with this. You are assuming that developers are these smart-o guys up their with good old Albert Einstein. In reality, we're just normal guys (and sometimes ladies) with the initiative to learn a programming language. You can
take this stuff in high school, dont-ya-know.
is ms addressing this? just like blogs / rss reach out - where is the reach out to the intermediate - the family computer fixer -
or is it - start over
Ummm... well the average family computer fixer really isn't the one they target. They target the professionals for this stuff. If you don't understand it, don't mess with it. Try to learn VB6 for now. Its not for websites, but regular computer programs. That
will give you a good idea of the workings of a programming language. You can find a bunch of info on planetsourcecode.com for that.
PS - learning something new - like sparkle / png alphas / coded bgs and fills/motion is exciting... learning EVERYTHING new again is somewhat... worrisome?
Everything Microsoft is doing is stuff that is possible today, but easier x100. Avalon could have been achieved with like a bazillion lines of code in an application, but MS is simplifieng it to like 10.
As with everything that we have today, nothing is going anywhere. Like Playstation (srry!) version 1. All the disks on PS1 are backward compatible on PS2. Same with IE6 and IE7. Don't get your boxers in a bunch, now.
Half the net works on .asp - where is the page of " why to use aspx to help figure it out?
Hope I have given you some insight. Remember, Wikipedia is your friend. You can find information on anything programming or web-design related you could possibly dream of on there.