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Chapter 5. Understanding the Server Tech... > What Is a JavaServer Page?

What Is a JavaServer Page?

JavaServer Pages (JSP) is a solution provided by Sun Microsystems to create dynamic and user-interactive Web sites. Dynamic Web applications require a server to process requests generated dynamically by a browser. A browser can request either static or dynamic content from the Web server. The request from the browser goes to the Web server, which locates the Web page and sends it to the browser. The browser then displays this page. The Web server can only send static HTML pages that have been requested by the browser; it cannot send dynamic content unless an application sever is installed on it. Web technologies such as Common Gate Interface (CGI), Servlets, Active Server Pages (ASP), ColdFusion, and JavaServer Pages (JSP) can be used to generate dynamic content.

Dreamweaver UltraDev provides support to build dynamic Web applications by using the JSP server technology. In the context of dynamic Web applications, the role of the Web server is to process a JSP page and send the results to the browser. Although UltraDev generates JSP code as you build these applications, an understanding of the basics of JavaServer Pages will help you in making effective use of UltraDev. In this chapter, you will learn what JavaServer Pages are, how they work, and how you can use them.


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