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Q1:What exactly is the difference between "scripting" and "programming" anyway?
A1: Usually, the word scripting is used for programming in relatively simple computer languages that are integrated directly into an application (or into HTML pages). However, the line between scripting and "real programming" is pretty fuzzy.
Q2:I've used Visual Basic before, and I heard I could use it in Web pages. Is that true?
A2: Yes, but only if you want to limit the audience for your pages to users of Microsoft Internet Explorer version 3 or later. So far the rest of the world is sticking to JavaScript. Visit the Microsoft Web site (http://www.microsoft.com) for details about the differences between VBScript and Visual Basic.
Q3:I've heard about ActiveX scripting and ActiveX documents. How are these different from ActiveX controls?
A3: In Microsoft-speak, ActiveX scripting means VBScript or JavaScript linking to a page as an ActiveX control. ActiveX documents are HTML pages that use an ActiveX control to view a word-processing document or spreadsheet within a Web page. (Career tip: If you want a job at Microsoft, consider listing your first name as "ActiveX" on the application form. They like that.)
Q4:Most of the Java applets I find on the Internet have two files, one ending with .java and one ending with .class. Which one do I put on my Web page, and what do I do with the other one?
A4: Put the file ending with .class on your Web page with the <applet> tag. The .java file is the actual Java source code, provided in case you are a Java programmer and want to change it. You don't need the .java file to use the applet.


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