[thelist] ASP or DHTML - when to use?

spinhead evolt at spinhead.com
Fri Sep 7 10:17:41 CDT 2001

ASP is really for server side stuff. Database access, the occasional
environment variable. I have simple sites that just use HTML and JavaScript
(rollovers and form validation) but they use simple mailto for the form
submission. On others, I've got a database backend for form data, so I use
more VBScript (ASP) on those sites just 'cause I'm already mentally in that
mode when I'm working on the site.

Short answer: if you need server side stuff, ASP (in your case) and if not,

joel at spinhead.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Flavia Silveira-Tarzwell (FayeC)" <fayec at canada.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2001 6:13 AM
Subject: Re: [thelist] ASP or DHTML - when to use?

> 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,
> FayeC
> 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
> > doesn't find any, sends the page without further parsing. According to
> > Microsoft, a negligible performance hit. I have no empirical data to
> > either supposition, just MS's word for it. No idea if the same concept
> > true for php, but while I've seen sites that mix asp and html
> > 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-----
> > From: thelist-admin at lists.evolt.org
> > [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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