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Hour 18. Interactive Pages with Applets ... > Internet Programming for the Rest of...

Internet Programming for the Rest of Us

Suppose you just want your Web order form to add totals automatically when customers check off which products they want. This is not rocket science; implementing it shouldn't be either. You don't want to learn UNIX or C++ or the Windows 95 Applications Programming Interface. You don't want to compile and install half a dozen extra files on your Web server, or ask the user to download your handy-dandy calculator application. You just want to add some numbers; or maybe you just want to change a graphic depending on the user's preferences, or the day of the week, or whatever; or maybe you want to tell a random joke every time somebody logs on to your home page. Until now, there really was no simple way to do these simple things.

Scripting languages such as JavaScript (which you learn about in Hour 19, "Web Page Scripting for Non-Programmers" ) give you a way. Okay, so it's still programming—but it's the kind of programming you can learn in an afternoon, or in an hour if you've fooled around with BASIC or Excel macros before. It's programming for the rest of us. Scripts go directly into your Web pages' HTML, wherever you want something intelligent to happen.


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