While ASP in a Nutshell is not meant to be a full-fledged tutorial of Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) technology, it offers a great way for experienced Web coders to ramp up on ASP. After an introduction to ASP, author A. Keyton Weissinger rapidly reviews the progression of content from static form to the Internet, covering CGI, ISAPI, and ASP 2.0. The author clearly explains how ASP works and how server-side components can work with ASP code to further extend server-side functionality.
The core of the book is the object reference for ASP coding. Six chapters document all the key programmable ASP objects and each includes an area on Comments/Troubleshooting, Properties Reference, Methods Reference, and Events Reference and offers further explanatory text where necessary. Weissinger uses frequent, brief coding examples to illustrate each important topic. He closes the middle section of this book with details on pre-processing directives and the Global.ASA file.
The last part of the book discusses ActiveX Data Objects, NT Server Collaboration Data Objects, and a number of server components (such as the Ad Rotator, Content Rotator, My Info, Page Counter, and Permission Checker) in depth. ASP in a Nutshell provides a concise but detailed breakdown of all key ASP coding topics. --Stephen W. Plain
Active Server Pages (ASP) has become a standard for developing server-side Web applications. Prior to the development of ASP, all information served to the client's browser was static -- the Web server did not dynamically generate any part of the site's content. ASP allows Web developers to dynamically generate browser-neutral content. ASP in a Nutshell provides the high-quality documentation that developers really need to create effective ASP applications. It focuses on how features are used in a real application and highlights little-known or undocumented apsects. This book also includes an overview of the interaction between the latest release of Internet Information Server (version 4) and ASP, plus an introduction to the IIS object model and the objects it comprises. This detailed reference enables even experienced Web developers to advance their ASP applications to new levels.