ASP (Active Server Pages) is an object model for Microsoft Internet Information Server and compatible web servers. With ASP, you can manipulate server objects and the properties, methods, and events they expose, thus extending the operation of the server. ASP's performance, case of development, and language independence have made it one of the more popular technologies for developing web applications that rely on server-side scripting.
ASP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition, the best-selling reference guide revised for IIS 5.0 and ASP 3.0, provides the high-quality documentation that web application developers need to create effective ASP applications. This book shows you how particular object model features are used in real-world applications and highlights little-known or undocumented features of ASP. ASP in a Nutshell consists of three parts: Introduction to Active Server Pages examines the role of server-side scripting in web application development and shows how server-side scripting for IIS and compatible web servers is implemented.
Object Reference documents the properties, methods, and events of the seven intrinsic objects (the Application, ASPError, ObjectContext, Request, Response, Session, and Server objects) that form the IIS object model. In addition, a chapter is devoted to global.asa, pre-processing directives, and server-side includes. Installable Component Reference documents the properties and methods of the additional components, like ActiveX Data Objects or the Content Rotator Component, that are included with IIS.
The documentation of each object or component follows a consistent format that includes a general description, a list of DLLs and accessory files required by the component or object, code showing how the object is instantiated, general remarks and troubleshooting tips, and documentation of properties, collections, methods, and events, usually with a code example written in VBScript. Like the other books in the In a Nutshell series, ASP in a Nutshell offers the facts, including critical background information, in a no-nonsense manner that web developers will refer to again and again.