ASP (Active Server Page) Tutorial
Active Server Pages (ASP) is a server side scripting language that lets a webmaster transform the
plain, static web site into a dazzling, dynamic solution. With Microsoft's server side scripting language
you can gather data from your site's visitors, use sessions, cookies, application variables, and more.
Don't worry if you don't know what all of those terms mean because you will soon be learning all about
ASP (Active Server Pages) is part of the Internet Information Server (IIS) package that comes with
certain Microsoft operating systems. Currently there is no native support for ASP on the other
operating systems, such as: Mac OS, Linux, and Unix. The operating systems that do have the ability
to support ASP are: Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP Pro.
Installing ASP and IIS on Windows XP Professional
First locate your XP Professional CD and put it into your CD-ROM then follow these steps:
1. Open your control panel. Click Start -> then Settings -> then Control Panel
2. Select and Open "Add or Remove Programs"
3. On the left column of the popup window select "Add or Remove Windows Components"
4. Scroll down until you see Internet Information Services (IIS)
If IIS is not checked then check it, otherwise you already have IIS installed on your computer
6. Click Next and follow the on screen instructions from the installer
7. When it has completed, open up Internet Explorer and type in http://localhost
If IIS was install appropriately you should be taken to the welcome screen
Running an ASP Web Page
If you do not know where to save and run your ASP web pages from, this lesson will guide you
through the process. In the previous lesson we installed Microsoft's Server software (IIS or PWS) to
enable your computer to run .asp files. However, having IIS or PWS installed is not enough to run ASP
files. The next step you mu