These are components that allow web developers to create server-side scripted templates that generate dynamic, interactive web server applications. By embedding special programmatic codes in standard HTML pages, a user can access data in a database, interact with page objects such as Active-X or Java components, or create other types of dynamic output. The HTML output by an Active Server Page is totally browser independent which means that it can be read equally well by Microsoft Explorer, Netscape Navigator, or most other browsers. ASP make it easy for a developer to create everything from a website that is customized to a viewers tastes, to a complex database application that may access legacy data from a mainframe.
Active Server Pages are secure. They can not cause security breaches with a browser on their own, however, malicious Java or ActiveX apps can be embedded in them just like they can be embedded in ordinary HTML pages. At the server end, individual ASPs can be protected on a per user basis.
Recommended ASP Resources:
ASP Tutorial – W3Schools: Learn by 100 examples! Because ASP scripts are executed on the server, you can not view ASP code in a browser, you will only see the output from ASP which is plain HTML. At W3Schools every example displays the hidden ASP code. This will make it easier for you to understand how it works.
ASP.NET: Home of the Microsoft ASP.NET development community. Download Visual Studio, post to the forums, read ASP.NET blogs and learn about ASP.NET.
ASP.NET Forums: Get answers to your ASP.NET questions. If you have a general ASP.NET question on a topic that’s not covered by one of the other more specific forums – ask it here.
ASP Tips: This article presents tips for optimizing ASP applications and VBScript. (29 printed pages)