Active Server Pages for Dummies

Active Server Pages for Dummies

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by Bill Hatfield
     
 

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Active servers aren't busy food service professionals at your local diner -- they're part of a growing new technology for creating dynamic Web sites that are guaranteed to keep visitors coming back again and again. By using simple scripting languages, such as VBScript and JavaScript, you'll soon be writing intelligent and interactive Web pages that are adaptable to… See more details below

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Active servers aren't busy food service professionals at your local diner -- they're part of a growing new technology for creating dynamic Web sites that are guaranteed to keep visitors coming back again and again. By using simple scripting languages, such as VBScript and JavaScript, you'll soon be writing intelligent and interactive Web pages that are adaptable to popular Web browsers, to specific user preferences, or even to the time of day!

With Active Server Pages For Dummies in hand, you'll become a pro at developing exciting, dynamic Web pages for the Internet or for your own company intranet. Using Microsoft's ActiveX Data Objects to access and manipulate database information simplifies the nightmare of online database management by enabling you to use down-to-earth commands and controls. And you can use Active Server objects to work with forms, access cookies, dynamically change the content of your HTML pages, share information among people visiting your site, and much, much more!

Active Server Pages For Dummies has a surefire way to perk up your Web sites, too: a bonus CD-ROM packed with all the source code from the book, Microsoft's latest Internet Explorer 4.01, HomeSite 3 (an HTML editor that works great for creating ASP pages), and Chili!ASP, an add-on that allows non-Microsoft Web servers to use Active Server Pages technology.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A book/CD-ROM guide to using Microsoft's Internet Information Server or Personal Web Server to create Web sites. Explores basics first, then moves through advanced topics such as objects, accessing the database, and ASP applications. Includes tips and warnings, lists of sites and sources, and appendices on databases. The CD-ROM contains Internet Explorer and other software, plus examples from the book. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Ray Duncan

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

I find the "Dummies" and "Idiots" series thoroughly repugnant, and have always been resolved that I would never give any of these titles free publicity with a review. Each "Dummies" book spits in the reader's eye with the title on the cover, and then continues to insult the reader's intelligence from the first page to the last with inappropriate familiarity, dorky jokes and cartoons, lame puns, and hackneyed subheadings. Since when is the reader a "Dummy" or an "Idiot" just because he or she wishes to learn more about a topic? (Though I must admit that the book "Windows-95 for Dummies" did give me a few chuckles... the title had a certain inner truth that I'm sure was completely lost on the publisher.)

So here you find me, in an inexplicable turn of events, reviewing Active Server Pages for Dummies. To what shall you attribute this wanton betrayal of a deeply-felt credo, this spineless surrender to the forces of the Dark Side, this embrace of the precipitous decline of Western Civilization, this abandonment of the inmost self to the inexorable disintegration of traditional moral values? The main reason is that most of the other introductory books on Active Server Pages are so poorly written that a book called Active Server Pages for Dummies can actually look pretty good by comparison. As a consolation prize, it gives me an opportunity to bash the publishers about the ears a bit.

The first few chapters of Active Server Pages for Dummies are a fairly generic introduction to VBScript for non-programmers, with a dash of Javascript thrown in for variety. The middle portion of the book introduces the reader to components, objects, the structure of an Active Server Page (ASP) application, and database access. The useful tips scattered through the book are convincing evidence that the author actually has some practical experience with ASP in a non-toy environment. The last section of the book and the CD-ROM contain the source code for two example ASP applications: a chat room and a classified ads server.

Aside from the obnoxious and sophomoric attempts at humor, this book is basically sound and delivers the most value among the entry-level books on ASP that I have encountered thus far. Programmers should bypass this book and go directly to Wrox Press's Professional Active Server Pages 2.0.--Dr. Dobb's Electronic Review of Computer Books

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764501906
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1998
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.95(d)

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