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Ready to create interactive Web pages? Then welcome to Active Server Pages For Dummies, 2nd Edition. In this guide, you'll see exactly what ASP is all about and how it works.

You may be a Web site or intranet developer for a company, or the owner of a personal or small business Web site, or a programmer who wants to get in on all the hot new technologies. In any case, you're always looking for ways to make your job easier and your Web site cooler. You probably

  • Know how to use Windows NT or Windows 95/98 and your web server software, at least well enough to get around.
  • Are familiar with HTML and have played around with some advanced tags.
  • Have had at least a little exposure to a scripting language like VBScript, JavaScript, Perl, or REXX.
  • Have worked with a macro language such as you'd find in a spreadsheet or other application.
  • Have actually done some programming in Java, Visual Basic, C, or COBOL.

But don't worry. To get the most out of this book, you don't have to be a programmer or an HTML guru. Active Server Pages makes activating your Web site easy.

In Active Server Pages For Dummies, you'll discover

  • What Active Server Pages is and how it fits into the world of CGI, ISAPI, ActiveX controls, and all the other Internet stuff that promises to make your Web site more exciting.
  • What you need to know about the programming languages.
  • How to use objects that are a part of your web server to get all sorts of information and to change the way things work.
  • How to access database information from a Web page.
  • What happens after you start to pull together the capabilities to create real Web applications.

Active Server Pages is easy. You've heard that said before, only to be overwhelmed with enough confusing gibberish to choke a camel. But with this guide, you can believe it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764506031
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,510,572
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Hatfield is an Internet consultant and the author of Visual InterDev?(TM) For Dummies®, Creating Cool VBScript Web Pages, and other bestselling books.

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Table of Contents


PART I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: So What's an Active Server Page?

Chapter 2: Just How Easy Is ASP?

PART II: Speaking Like a Native.

Chapter 3: Understanding VBScript Basics.

Chapter 4: Real VBScript Programming.

Chapter 5: JScript for Geeks.

PART III: Getting to Know Your Objects.

Chapter 6: Objects, Objects Everywhere!

Chapter 7: Using Server Objects.

Chapter 8: Creating ASP Applications.

Chapter 9: Using the Included Server Components.

PART IV: Accessing the Database.

Chapter 10: Accessing a Database from ASP.

Chapter 11: Updating the Database.

PART V: Really Cool ASP Applications.

Chapter 12: The Cafe: Creating a Real-Time Chat Room.

Chapter 13: Classy Classifieds.

PART VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 14: The Ten Best Places to Look When You Have aQuestion.

Chapter 15: The Ten Coolest Web Sites for ASP Developers.

Chapter 16: Ten Interesting Things That Server Components Can Dofor You.

PART VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Introducing Microsoft Visual InterDev.

Appendix B: A Crash Course in Database Basics.

Appendix C: Creating Databases and Tables in MicrosoftAccess.

Appendix D: Troubleshooting Your ASP Projects.

Appendix E: About the CD.


IDG Books Worldwide End-User License Agreement.

Installation Instructions.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    A really GREAT book!

    I thought this book was excellent... And the CD that comes with it, and all the programs and source code inside was a perfect idea (who likes to code everything from a book, the CD is an interactive and yet easy idea for getting better skills and results). Thanks to the author for the book, and the CD. The price is good too, most books with all the information in here cost alot more, and with a CD inside it would be even more expensive. John

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Everything is already done

    I knew very little about asp when I got this book, just enough to show the time, all the neat little stuff, no database connections or anything like that. I didn't like this book at all, everything was done for you and I didn't learn anything by going step by step. The entire book, to me, was this is what this does and it was already done.!! I know use the book as a coaster for Dr.Pepper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2000

    Great Intro book

    Here is a book that starts at the beginnig and the price ain't half bad either. If there is anything I detest it is an assuming writer - who instructs 'do this' and gives the novice zero instruction. ASP for Dummies will NOT do that. You want to learn from A to Z (or A to P as the case may be). If you want to develop on the web, learn the tools - buy this book.

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