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Design-Time Controls

By now your mind is swimming with the potential capabilities that Active Server Pages offer as well as server-side components created with development tools such as Visual Basic. As efficient as these technologies are, there is an additional technology Microsoft has introduced with Visual InterDev that FrontPage 2000 can make use of as well.

Design-Time Controls are objects that can be embedded within the Visual InterDev or FrontPage 2000 environments. These controls are basically objects that you can choose to embed within your Web page or Active Server Page. They are named Design-Time Controls because they contain properties and methods similar to other objects, but are controlled while you design the page. For instance, it is possible to embed a database control that provides navigation through pages of data. You can set up the properties for this control when you add it to your page by determining how many rows you would like to have returned per page, how you would like the navigation buttons to appear, and more. After you have included this Design-Time Control within your Web page, the actual script required to perform the object's actions are embedded within the page. In a sense, Design-Time Controls represent reusable script that can be embedded directly into your site's Web pages. A key advantage to Design-Time Controls is that they can allow the developer to set various properties for the control via a rich user interface. When finished, those changes are translated into simple code that is embedded within the page. These controls provide essentially a wizard for customizing script that is inserted into a page.


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