is a strategic part of Internet Information Server (IIS). In less than two
years, ASP has taken the market by storm. There are now over 350,000 ASP
developers, a number which is expected to double by the end of 1999. Microsoft
estimates there are already 25,000 deployed ASP sites and over 500 vendors
creating ASP-related components, tools, and solutions. Active Server Pages
(ASP) is a server-side scripting environment that you can use to create
and run dynamic, interactive Web server applications.
ASP, you can combine HTML pages, script commands, and ActiveX components
to create interactive Web pages or powerful Web-based applications. ASP
applications are easy to develop and modify. In short, ASP is an open Web
application framework that lets developers combine server scripting with
custom components to provide dynamic Web-enabled applications - much like
a "super glue" for dynamic Web-enabled application development.
An ASP script begins to run when a browser requests an .asp file from your
Web server. Your Web server then calls ASP, which reads through the requested
file from top to bottom, executes any script commands, and sends a Web page
to the browser.