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May 10, 1999

Developing ASP Components Increasingly Important

SEBASTOPOL, CA--ASP (Active Server Pages) is becoming increasingly important as a tool to create browser-independent Web content. It's also being used for an additional reason-- and one that will become more and more important over time, as Web applications replace Web pages-its extensibility. And the most effective way to extend ASP is to develop custom ASP components.

"From the start I was attracted to the technology," says Shelley Powers, author of O'Reilly's latest release Developing ASP Components. "Who wouldn't be? I like the ability to use the same language for both client and server-side scripting (either JScript/JavaScript or VBScript) and the relative ease to add in components for extended functionality. I particularly like the fact that if you don't use the built-in ASP objects within the component code, these same components could be used anywhere COM server objects could be used, not just ASP. Now that, to me, is reusability--not just the ability to package functionality, but the ability to package functionality and move it from one application framework to another."

Developing add-on controls and components is emerging as a multibillion dollar industry that is increasingly attracting the attention of developers. Powers' new book provides developers with information and real-world examples they need to create custom ASP components using any of the three major development tools: Visual Basic, Visual C++, and J++. "I think we are going to see a lot more integration of web server applications with other non-web based applications," says Powers. "For instance, we might have C++ ASP components accessing a CORBA server, with transactions managed by MTS. I think ASP is one of the best Web server development techniques-ever."

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Developing ASP Components
By Shelley Powers
1st Edition April 1999 (US)
1-56592-446-0, 510 pages, $29.95 (US$)

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