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Microsoft: ASP (Active Server Pages) FAQ

ASP 101

What is ASP? by Swany
Posted: 3 Apr 01

ASP (Active Server Pages) is a form of CGI scripting on a web server.  ASP resides as a number of .DLL files that are installed with Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) 2.0 and greater.  The ASP parsers are also installed with Microsoft Personal Web Server.

For those using Unix operating systems, ChilliSoft makes an ASP interpreter that works with Netscape's HTTP server as well as Apache.

Alternatives to ASP include ColdFusion, Perl and standard CGI programming or PHP.

ASP offers an advantage over other server side scripting technologies, in that it support a number of languages (perl, vbscript and javascript to name a few) and allows quick development of server scripts.

In order to start using ASP you need to install IIS or PWS.

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