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Active Server Page (ASP)

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Introduction

ASP is also an abbreviation for Active Server Page.An Active Server Page (ASP) is an HTML page that includes one or more scripts  such as small embedded programs that are processed on a Microsoft Web server before the page is sent to the user. Active Server Page is similar to  server-side include statements,it is usually defined by the administrator to be a file with an “.” suffix or a common gateway interface application in that all programs that run on the server. Generally the script in the Web page in the server uses input received from the user’s request and access data from a database and then builds or customizes the page before sending it to the requestor.

 

Features

ASP is a feature of the Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), but, since the server-side script is just building a regular HTML page, it can be delivered to almost any browser. You can create an ASP file by including a script written in VBScript or JScript in an HTML file or by using ActiveX Data Objects (ADOs) program statements in the HTML file.The HTML file is named with the “.asp” file extension. Microsoft recommends the use of the server-side ASP instead of client-side script, where there is actually a choice, because the server-side script will easily display the HTML page. Client-side scripts such as JavaScript  may not work as intended on older browsers.

 

Advantages

  • ASP is so powerful is that it is generally easy to learn and it allows the professional web site creator to deliver dynamic content demanded by visitors.
  • The code embedded in an ASP web page is executed on the server and sent to the visitor of a web page. This makes delivery of web pages faster because the code is executed before it is sent.
  • ASP takes full benefits of VBScript. Its most effective feature is the ability to query databases such as Microsoft Access
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