DWCS5.5 Doesn't Support ASP.NET/Access Databases

In Dreamweaver CS5.5 Missing Manual it gives the impression that ASP.NET and Access databases are supported, yet I'm being told on the Adobe forums that ASP.NET support was dropped in CS4, so any sites developed using ASP.NET and Access in DWS3 or earlier have been abandoned. Not only have I wasted money on this book but on upgrading to CS5.5 - mainly because such information is not given - indeed as in this book very misleading comments are made which suggest ASP.NET and Access databases are supported in CS5.5.
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  • Hello Mr Wood.

    I'm sorry that you feel the Dreamweaver CS5.5 Missing Manual implies that Dreamweaver CS5.5 supports ASP.Net and Access.

    I'm not sure where you get that impression. The first line of page 927 specifically states "Dreamweaver once supported more server models, including ASP.NET and Java Server Pages. However, keeping up with advances in those technologies was just too much work for the Adobe team, so they removed them in Dreamweaver CS4."

    Likewise, in the Note on page 929, we again mention that Dreamweaver CS5.5 does not have tools for ASP.NET.

    Perhaps you are mistaking ASP with ASP.NET. Dreamweaver CS5.5 still provides server behaviors that work with ASP (Active Server Pages); you can even use an Access database with that. However, ASP.NET is a decidedly different technology than ASP (despite the similarities in name.)

    Sincerely

    Dave McFarland, the author of Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
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  • Hi Barry--

    Since it looks like you wanted to work with ASP.NET databases, I wanted to remind you that O'Reilly has a satisfaction guarantee. If you're unhappy with the book for any reason, you can return it for a full refund. The details are here:

    http://shop.oreilly.com/category/cust...

    Best regards,
    Peter McKie
    Mising Manuals
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