DevGuru VBScript Introduction
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.Welcome to the
DevGuru VBScript Quick Reference
guide. This is an extremelycomprehensive 247 page reference source that explains and gives examples of code, plusthe resultant output, for all of the constants, functions, methods, properties, objects,operators, and statements that define this language.VBScript, or by its full name, the Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition language, is asimplified version of the Visual Basic and Visual Basic for Applications family of programminglanguages. It is also considered to be closely related to the BASIC programming language.VBScript is a scripting language. or more precisely a "scripting environment", which canenhance HTML Web pages by making them active, as compared to a simple static display.Specifically, VBScript was created by Microsoft to use either as a client-side scriptinglanguage for the Microsoft Internet Explorer (versions 3.0 and later) or as a server-sidescripting language with the Microsoft Internet Information Server (versions 3.0 and later). Aprimary advantage for using the server-side approach is that the VBScript is processed bythe server before it is transmitted to the client. Therefore, the client only receives an HTMLpage and we do not have to concern ourselves as to whether the browser can interpret theVBScript. In contrast, by using the client-side approach, you purposely transfer the work loadto the browser in order to reduce the work load of the server. Unfortunately, older or non-Microsoft browsers may not be able to correctly interpret and display the transmitted file. Inaddition to this, the source code is exposed to the browser user. On the brighter side, a client-side program can produce a more-responsive application, since user input can be processedon the client machine, and not sent back to the server for processing.The true importance of VBScript is that it is the default language of Active Server Pages(ASP).ASP is an exciting technology from Microsoft that is of significant value to developers. ASPextends standard HTML by adding built-in objects and server-side scripting, and by allowingaccess to databases and other server-side ActiveX components. All of this means that it isnow even easier than ever to make your Web pages as dynamic and enticing as you desire.For many Web-application developers, VBScript may very well be the most importantprogramming language.
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