Scripting Languages

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What is a scripting language?  It is a programming language embedded in your web wages that control the way your web pages interact with the users and with the database.  There are several popular scripting languages, such as Visual Basic Script (VB Script), Java Script, PHP and Perl.  Many people think ASP is a scripting language, but actually it is not.  It stands for Active Server Pages, and it is more like a framework than a scripting language.  In practice ASP pages may be written in either VB script or Java Script.

 

Dreamweaver can generate ASP pages with VB Script, VB.net and PHP pages.  It can also generate Java Scripts that run in your browser.  These scripts take care of all your user and database interactions.

 

It is quite common for people to associate Scripting languages to operating systems.  But in practice some scripting languages can run on different operating systems and under certain web servers.

 

Language

Web Server

Operating System

Comments

ASP - VB

IIS

Windows

Standard in IIS server - Recommended





PHP

IIS

Windows

Requires additional installation of PHP for IIS.

PHP

Apache

Linux

Usually Standard on Linux - Recommended

ASP - VB

Apache

Linux

Requires ChiliSoft ASP Installed. NOT Recommended