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Chapter 21. Working with CGI and Java Ap... > Client-Side Versus Server-Side Progr...

Client-Side Versus Server-Side Programming

Having explored the power of JavaScript behaviors and Flash using Dreamweaver, you may be asking why you would want to use server-side programs (within which I include both CGI and application servers). Indeed, some tasks could be done either on the client or on the server. For example, validating a form to ensure that the user enters the correct data could be done using JavaScript or a server-side program.

The Advantages of Server-Side Programs

There are some tasks that can be done only on the server. You do not want and cannot give every person who uses your Web site direct access to your databases. Database requests are filtered through the Web server so users see only the data that you want them to see.


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