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Chapter 19. ASP and ASP.NET > Introduction to ASP

Introduction to ASP

In 1997, Microsoft introduced Active Server Pages (ASP) as a means of competing with then-popular CGI for creating dynamic and scalable Web applications. Because of its relative simplicity and small learning curve, ASP has grown to be one of the top server-based scripting languages used by Web developers. Unlike CGI, which required complex object-oriented programming languages (PERL/C++), ASP used a simple subscript of Visual Basic .NET known as VBScript. Because VBScript closely models the constructs of plain English, it was found to be easy to write and manipulate, giving it a definite advantage over Perl and C++. Another major advantage to using ASP was that it came prebundled with IIS. Web developers needed only to have a running Windows server environment with IIS and they were ready to begin creating ASP, in contrast to competitor products such as ColdFusion, which required ColdFusion Server to be installed before CFML could be run adequately.

The ASP Object Model

ASP is simple to write after you know its object model. Basically, ASP consists of seven major objects that can be used to perform any task from handling user requests to delivering user responses. The seven objects are


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