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Chapter 35. Data Access Technologies > Understanding Active Server Pages (ASP)

Understanding Active Server Pages (ASP)

Active Server Pages (ASP) is a technology that was introduced in 1997 by Microsoft, and it revolutionized dynamic content for the Internet. Prior to ASP, there were other technologies that existed for dynamic Web content, but ASP was the first technology that was widely accessible to most Web developers. Writing ASP pages doesn't require complex knowledge of confusing concepts. Instead, Web developers can leverage existing knowledge to add dynamic and interactive content.

When Microsoft first released ASP, it was available as an add-on to Internet Information Server (IIS) 3.0, the free Web server that Microsoft made available for use on Windows NT Server. ASP also worked with Peer Web Services, a Web server for Windows NT Workstation, and for Personal Web Server, the Web server that shipped with FrontPage 98. Starting with IIS version 4, ASP is a part of the Web server and nothing else needs to be installed for ASP support.


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