I am from a non programming background. I started learning GIS opensource web applications from last 3 moths. Now I am using only notepad++ for writing codes and I am familiar with javascript, HTML and litle bit PHP. My question is, 1.Can I develop a application without java or asp.net. 2.If yes , text editor (notepad++) is sufficient or I have to go with eclips, netbeans or visualstudio.

  • Although your title refers to GIS, your question does not appear to be about GIS. Could you please clarify how this relates to GIS?
    – Aaron
    Commented Jan 2, 2015 at 12:35

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I recommend using an IDE such as Eclipse rather than Notepad++. Once you've ascended the IDE learning curve, you will be more productive, and more employable (if that's a consideration).

I'm developing an Android Smartphone navigation application using Java and Eclipse, a combination which works well for me. It should be possible to develop a GIS web application using PHP, but I recommend using Eclipse for this.

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