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978-1-86100-323-2 / 1861003234

Asp 3.0 Programmer's Reference

by Denault, Dan

Publisher:Apress

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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More than just a reference, this is a detailed guide to Active Server Pages 3.0, which is the version that ships with Windows 2000. It is aimed at experienced developers, although you do not need previous knowledge of ASP itself. There is some overlap with Professional Active Server Pages 3.0, another Wrox title which shares some of the same authors. The difference is the reference-style presentation, which documents the properties, methods and events of each ASP component while also providing extensive commentary and examples. A strong feature is that examples are given in both VBScript and JScript, whereas most ASP books use only VBScript. The early chapters introduce ASP and cover the all-important intrinsic objects. Next come the Scripting objects, including the handy Dictionary object as well as file-handling features. The third section tackles Active Server Components such as Browser Capabilities and Content Linking. ActiveX Data Objects are a critical part of ASP, and the detailed treatment here includes chapters on Data Shaping and OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) as well as core objects like Connections and Recordsets.

That accounts for around two-thirds of the book. The later chapters are particularly valuable, covering advanced features such as transactions with COM+ (formerly called MTS), message queuing, using XML from ASP, programming the Active Directory with ADSI (Active Directory Services Interface), and taking advantage of CDO (Collaboration Data Objects). There are also chapters on Indexing Services, security, and optimizing performance. A number of useful tables are presented as appendices, and there is a detailed index.

Although the situation is improving, strong ASP titles remain thin on the ground. This one is packed with tips, explanations and examples, and the hands-on experience of the authors is always evident. --Tim Anderson

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