I am wanting to develop a web driven platform independant database application for school based adminstrative tasks. I am planing to use MS Sql server as the database. I am unable to find out whether asp or java applets is the way to go and I am also wanting to choose the best development environment (MS J++ and/or Inter Dev, or Jbuilder or Visual Cafe). I like MS J++ but I am concerned about MS reliance on windows classes and system files which would remove the platform independancy. Basically I am looking for some directional advice.