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 Book Review: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0
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Professional Active Server Pages 3.0
Brian Francis, et al;
1277 pages

ASP - The Next Generation
Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 is the next edition of the number one selling ASP book in the world; Professional Active Server Pages 2.0. This is a next edition covering all the new features that appear as part of Win2000 but it is also a completely new book in terms of content, recycling essentially nothing from the previous edition. Instead all the concepts are taken a step further for a more mature audience and ASP is considered in terms of an N-tier enterprise environment including extensive coverage of components, Index Server, ADO 2.5, XML, CDO, ADSI, and much more.

Book Overview
This book is about Active Server Pages 3.0, as included with Windows 2000. However, because ASP is now a core part of so many Web-oriented features within Windows, this book covers a far wider area than just how ASP works. ASP is maturing all the time to encompass more integration with other Windows services and software, and so there are many other areas that impinge directly on the use and performance of ASP.
In particular this involves the Windows operating system itself, including the new security features of Windows 2000, and the Internet server software that comes with Windows 2000 Internet Information Server (IIS). On top of this are the other less obvious services, which also have a direct or indirect effect on the way that ASP works. These include COM+, the various Internet service administration tools, and - indirectly - the many other services and installed software packages that either provide additional functionality to ASP, or which have interfaces that are available for use in ASP.
So, as well as chapters all about the roots of ASP, the base object structure, and how it's used, you'll also see chapters that demonstrate the many different ways that ASP integrates seamlessly with other software and services in Windows. One of the most obvious of these is access to data in a relational database or other type of data store (such as Active Directory), and you'll see several chapters devoted to these topics.
Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 also explores the intimate relationship between Internet Information Server and COM and the new COM+, and see how ASP has changed the way that it hosts and executes external components to provide better performance and scalability. This also affects the way that components are designed and built, and we'll be exploring this topic in some depth as well.

What's Great About this Book

Who is this Book For?
This guide is aimed at two categories of developers. Firstly, it is designed to satisfy the needs of those who are already well practiced in the skills of ASP and server-side Web application development. Secondly, it will be a useful and fast-track guide to those who are less familiar with ASP, but have a server-side Web application development background - perhaps in the use of Perl, IDC, etc.

A Preview of Active Server Pages+
Want to take a look at the future of Active Server Pages? Then you should also take a look at the book entitled A Preview of Active Server Pages+.
This book covers a product that is still under development, and as such it is aimed at experienced ASP developers who are working at the leading edge - rather than the casual ASP developer or beginner. However, the fact that the product is still a preview version does not mean that you can ignore it (the first public beta should be available for download about now, so any ASP programmer who needs to be one step ahead of the competition should start investigating this new version).

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