Yes a lot of people still use ASP. I guess it's a prefrence. Plus a lot of schools are still teaching windows based languages. So once people learn that they stick to it. But now I see more and more schools moving to the *nix realm.
Webmasters that wish to use ASP, MS Access and MS SQL databases, choose the Windows operating system as their hosting platform.
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Well, for me, my preference for Windows hosting is because as a programmer, I am familiar with the platform and do build Win-CGI/ISAPI for my clients with some functions which is windows supported. Also the development of Client/Server applications requiring Windows support too.
Until I am familiar with Linux, I guess I will stick with Windows for those.
Well, actually, you can use ASP on Unix; all you need is a parser. Raq's come with ASP standard. I would recommend unix hosting unless you have a specific need for something windows specific. The only reason I would use Windows for is MS SQL Server. It's a very scalable db and is, unfortunately, the only cost efficient db in its class regularly offered by web hosts. I know windows better than Unix, and do all my development on 'doze, but I recommend unix for one reason: reliability. It's very easy to crash windows, and to crash windows processes. So, if you're on shared hosting, and someone crashes a process, you're out of luck until the host gets it back up and running. I've even seen SQL Server go down for an entire day. On shared hosting, it only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole service. Sure, it can also happen on unix, but it's less likely. Why? Unix is kinda childproof. It's hard to hurt yourself. In fact it's hard to do anything with unix, but hey, once ya do, it keeps working.