in a Nutshell
by: Timothy Ferrill, send
by: O'Reilly and Associates, go
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Server Pages (ASP) in a Nutshell is one of the
newer additions to the Nutshell line of books.
Published by O'Reilly and Associates, ASP in
a Nutshell is a great source of information for
anyone interested in learning how to write ASP
applications for the World Wide Web or a company
and Associates has long been a big supporter of
the Internet and open source (free) software. From
The Whole Internet Users Guide and Catalog, their "Pioneering
Bestseller," to WebSite, the first web server
software for desktop PCs, O'Reilly has been a leader
on the subject of the Internet and the World Wide
Web for several years.
in a Nutshell was developed to assist people in
tackling the problem of server-side applications.
In an area previously only charted by the Common
Gateway Interface (CGI) and Server Side Includes
(SSI), ASP is now widely considered as an easier
and faster option. Though O'Reilly is a major advocate
of Unix and Perl (one of the main languages for
programming CGI applications), they are also trying
to be advocates for open source ASP applications.
The ASP technology was created by Microsoft as
an alternative to other server-side technologies
and is looking to overtake CGI because of its power,
speed and ease-of-use.
Each book in the Nutshell series is good as both a starting
point for learning something new and as a reference for those
more experienced in that particular area. ASP in a Nutshell
is no exception. While it contains much on the ASP syntax
and different languages that can be used for ASP applications,
it also contains information on how ASP works and even an
introduction to the Internet Information Server (IIS) object
model and the objects it comprises. This is especially valuable
when you are in the design stage of your programming because
you can see all of the objects and their qualities at the
same time and what you need to do to get them to work for
ASP in a Nutshell has three parts. Part one is an introduction
to ASP. It explains the need for ASP and teaches the differences
between client-side and server-side scripting as well as
various scripting languages. Part two is an object reference
for the IIS object model. It explains each of the different
objects and gives examples of how they can be used. Part
three is an installable component reference for the additional
components available for installation and use on your server.
this book is not designed for beginners to the programming
field, they can stillbenefit from both the introduction
and the reference sections of the book. Whatever your task,
be it web design or development, or even if you are a Webmaster
running IIS, a knowledge of ASP will be helpful. If ASP is
part of your future, consider getting ASP in a Nutshell as
both an introduction and a reference guide to ASP and its
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