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Chapter 13. Hosting Web Pages with Inter... > Tips from the Windows Pros: Scriptin...

Tips from the Windows Pros: Scripting for Interactive Sites

As I said earlier in the chapter, the idea of using programs to generate Web pages on-the-fly was the real spark that turned the Internet into a global phenomenon.

The original server-side programs were complex and difficult to write and debug, however, until bright people developed scripting languages for Web servers. Scripting systems put most of the complex stuff into one program that was provided with the Web server. Then, users could write short, easy to manage programs, or scripts, that leverage the power in the main program to do all sorts of interesting and interactive things.


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