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Introduction to ASP

Quite possibly the simplest technology to use in conjunction with Dreamweaver dynamic Web page development is ASP. ASP, or Active Server Pages, is a Microsoft-developed web-scripting language that took the web development world by storm when it was introduced in the mid 1990s. ASP is easy to understand and easy to use—and setup is a breeze because the required files are pre-installed on virtually all Windows servers.

Like many other server-side technologies, ASP enables you to embed special instructions in HTML pages that can do a variety of tasks, such as connect to a database, perform looping instructions, conditionally test for certain values, send emails, read from and write to the file system, and more. Because ASP runs natively on Microsoft's IIS web server, installing ASP generally means installing IIS. If IIS is up and running, chances are, so is ASP. It's no wonder that the majority of users who create dynamic web pages in Dreamweaver still use traditional ASP as their server-side technology of choice; if you have IIS installed (which most people who are building dynamic web pages do) then there's little to no setup and nothing to install.


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