A common feature of any programming script/language is, its ability to perform repeat tasks until a condition is satisfied, and, its ability to take decision. After all, there can be no logic if a program cannot decide what to do and what not to do (sounds like a Shakespearean statement).
Last time you learnt how to receive or send form data using ASP. Let’s now see how we can send HTML messages using the Active Server Pages. The process is quite similar to sending the regular, text message, but yes, there are a few modifications.
There comes a time when you have to create very complex, very comprehensive online forms consisting of 30 to 40 fields. While debugging the form output, or while validating the individual form fields (for example, if all the fields have been filled), you need to dump all the form field with their names and with their respective values onto a web page so you can see exactly what is coming from where. This tutorial tells you how to do that.
If you want to work with ASP (Active Server Pages) on your personal computer, you need to install the Personal Web Server (PWS). As the name indicates, it’s a server. Unlike the normal HTML pages, dynamic pages (either created with CGI, PHP, ASP or Cold Fusion) require some sort of a server to carry on their business.
ASP pages (Active Server Pages page sounds a bit melodramatic but its easier to refer to them like this) are nothing but web pages. The difference is that they have an extension .ASP and you write the code in a Server Side Scripting language.
I know some people don’t like VBScript for being Microsoft-Centric, but it’s very easy to get familiar with, and once you know how to create your ASP pages in VBScript, you can move on to any programming language of your choice.