Beginning ASP 3.0


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ASP is the future of the web. If you're looking for a way to create attractive, intelligent web pages or, if you're just looking for a way to extend your HTML know-how, then ASP is an effective way to achieve your goals. With ASP, you can customize your web pages to be more dynamic, more efficient and more responsive to your users. It's not just a technology, though — to get the best out of ASP, you'll be using it in tandem with HTML, and with one or ...

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What is this book about?

ASP is the future of the web. If you're looking for a way to create attractive, intelligent web pages or, if you're just looking for a way to extend your HTML know-how, then ASP is an effective way to achieve your goals. With ASP, you can customize your web pages to be more dynamic, more efficient and more responsive to your users. It's not just a technology, though — to get the best out of ASP, you'll be using it in tandem with HTML, and with one or more of the web's simple scripting languages. The book will teach you everything you need to create useful real-world applications on the web.

What does this book cover?

  • Teaches VBScript as an integral part of learning to use ASP
  • Describes how to make your pages more dynamic with HTML and script code
  • Covers writing and debugging script code
  • Explains how to set up ASP, what software to use, and how to administer your pages
  • Shows how you can access databases to give dynamically updated web pages
  • Introduces object-based programming and shows you how to use ASP objects
  • Provides the foundation for you to write useful, real-world dynamic web pages
  • Includes a fully worked sample application to demonstrate the power of ASP
  • Loaded with examples and useful tips
  • Introduces XML, one of the latest web programming technologies, and explains its use in conjunction with ASP

Who is this book for?

This book is for anybody with a grasp of HTML who wants to add more to their web pages. It also covers VBScript — a simple Internet programming language. This makes it the ideal first step for the aspiring web professional. It's also useful for more experienced programmers looking for a practical, no-nonsense introduction to ASP and programming for the web.

What do you need to use this book?

To get the most out of this book you should be running Windows 2000, which includes ASP 3 — the latest version of this popular technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764543630
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/1/1999
  • Series: Beginning Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1248
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 2.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Ullman is a Computer Science graduate who came to Wroxfive years ago, when 14.4 modems were the hottest Internettechnology and Netscape Navigator 2.0 was a groundbreakinginnovation. Since then he's applied his knowledge of HTML, ASP,Visual Basic, SQL, Linux, and Java to developing, editing andauthoring books. When not trying to coax better performance out ofhis ageing P233 or trying to persuade Wrox's managing editors thatwriting three chapters in one day isn't really feasible, he can befound either playing keyboards in psychedelic band, The Bee men,tutoring his not fully house-broken cats in the delights of using alitter tray, or hoping against hope that this is the year hisfavorite soccer team, Birmingham City, can manage to end theirexile from the Premier League.

David Buser is President, CFO, and Janitor of BuserNetConsulting, LLC, in Herndon, Virginia. His first job out of collegewas in a titanium refinery, writing client/server applicationsusing Access and SQL Server.  This eventually led to a careerin Internet development and ASP. Currently, his work is focused onteaching technical courses, writing for Wrox, developing e-commercewebsites, and managing his server farm. See for more details.

Jon Duckett Having graduated from Brunel University,London, with a degree in Psychology, Jon took a change ofdirection, coming back to his home town to work for Wrox in theirBirmingham (UK) offices.

Brian Francis is the Technical Evangelist for NCR'sRetail Self Service Solutions. From his office in Duluth, Georgia,Brian is responsible for enlightening NCR and their customers inthe technologies and tools used for Self Service Applications.Brian also uses the tools he evangelizes in developing solutionsfor NCR's customers. He has worked extensively with Wrox Press as atechnical reviewer and has also co-authored on a number ofprojects.

John Kauffman His early research focussed on themolecular biology of the cocoa plant and chocolateproduction.  Subsequently he moved to East Africa and managedan assistance program. In 1990 he moved to Taiwan and then mainlandChina where John provided software training services tomulti-national corporations and the diplomatic community inBeijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sichuan. John now divides hisfreelance consulting time evenly between teaching, writing andprogramming, primarily in the areas of Visual Basic, Word macros,Access and Access Programming, and ASP.

Juan T. Llibre is a Microsoft MVP (Most ValuableProfessional) for Internet development. His university degree is inMass Communications and, as he puts it, “The Internet is theultimate mass communications vehicle. It’s just great to beable to talk to the whole world while taking in the sun at atropical beach on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.”Currently he’s developing Internet applications for theCaribbean Common Market and the Dominican Republic’s CentralBank. He’s also researching Multilingual Web Development witha view towards making the World Wide Web intelligible to, well, thewhole wide world.

David Sussman has spent most of his professional life asa developer, starting with Unix and C, in the days when theInternet was only used for Usenet newsgroups. He then switched toMicrosoft development languages, and spent several years moaningabout the lack of pointers in Visual Basic. He lives in a quiet,rural village in Oxfordshire. He spends his spare time convincinghimself that he'll get off his backside and get fit. He neverdoes.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Getting Started With ASP.

Chapter 2. Server-Side Scripting and Client-Side Scripting.

Chapter 3. Basic ASP Techniques.

Chapter 4. Variables.

Chapter 5. ASP Control Structures.

Chapter 6. Objects, Properties, Methods and Events.

Chapter 7. The Request and Response Objects.

Chapter 8. Applications, Sessions and Cookies.

Chapter 9. Error Handling.

Chapter 10. The Scripting Objects.

Chapter 11. Active Server Pages Components.

Chapter 12. ASP and Data Store Access.

Chapter 13. Using Recordsets.

Chapter 14. Advanced Data Handling Techniques.

Chapter 15. Writing an Application.

Chapter 16. Building Script Components for ASP.

Chapter 17. Introducing Transactions and COM+.

Chapter 18. An Introduction to XML.

Appendix A. The ASP 3.0 Object Model.

Appendix B. The Scripting Run-Time Library Objects.

Appendix C. The ADO 2.5 Object Model.

Appendix D. VB Script Reference.

Appendix E. John Kaufman’s tips for Installing PWS on Win9x.

Appendix F. Forms and ASP.

Appendix G. Error Codes.

Appendix H. Colors Codes and Special Characters in HTML.

Appendix I. Useful Information.

Appendix J. HTTP 1.1 Error Codes.

Appendix K. Glossary of Terms and Acronyms.

Appendix L. Creating an Access 2000 Project.

Appendix M. P2P.WROX.COM.


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