[thelist] ASP or DHTML - when to use?

Mark Kennedy mark at eurogamer.net
Fri Sep 7 08:26:19 CDT 2001

Hi again ;)

I'd say server side (i.e. ASP) always unless you're really concerned about users
on a slow connection having their experience marred by having to navigate
through a lot of pages.

The advatage to server side being browser compatibility is a lot simpler to


On Thu, 6 Sep 2001, Flavia Silveira-Tarzwell (FayeC) wrote:

>Hi Joel,
>But how do you choose to develop a site in ASP or just HTML? If there is
>a project that could be  developed in DHTML as easy as in ASP, which one
>would you choose?
>I have a site that I could develop using DHTML or ASP and I wonder if
>there's any benefits in going with ASP. I also need to explain to the
>client why I chose to go with it....
>So is there any guideline for that?
>Thanks again,
>Joel D Canfield wrote:
>> On NT, if you use the asp filename extension, it parses the entire file,
>> looking for server side code to play with. It's supposedly quite a
>> performance hit. On Win2K, it checks for code delimiters first, and if it
>> doesn't find any, sends the page without further parsing. According to
>> Microsoft, a negligible performance hit. I have no empirical data to support
>> either supposition, just MS's word for it. No idea if the same concept holds
>> true for php, but while I've seen sites that mix asp and html extensions,
>> php sites always appear to be php only (but if anyone wants to educate me it
>> would be appreciated.)
>> joel at spinhead.com
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> [mailto:thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Flavia
>> Silveira-Tarzwell (FayeC)
>> Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 5:56 AM
>> To: Evolt
>> Subject: [thelist] ASP or DHTML - when to use?
>> Hi,
>> I was wondering about how you guys define when a site needs to be
>> developed in ASP/PHP or just to use plain DHTML.
>> I have a friend that uses the asp extension even when the page doesn't
>> have any asp code is it....
>> What are the guidelines to make that choice?
>> Thanks in advance,
>> FayeC
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