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Chapter 32. Writing Active Server Pages > Introduction to VBScript

Introduction to VBScript

When deploying a Web site with Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS), it is convenient to use Active Server Pages (ASPs) to dynamically generate content, rather than keeping it all in static files. ASPs are XHTML templates that have server-side scripts built into them. These scripts are parsed out and executed by the IIS server, and the scripts'output very often produces the dynamic content.

IIS supports a server-side object model that makes writing ASPs a relatively straightforward task. However, to manipulate these server-side objects, you must use an object-oriented scripting language. IIS supports scripts written in both JScript (Microsoft's variant of ECMAScript) and VBScript. VBScript tends to be easier to learn and frees up the beginner from some of the syntactic burden that comes along with JScript. Thus, this chapter first focuses on the basics of VBScript and then goes on to show you how to write Active Server Pages using VBScript.


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