Developing ASP Components
By Shelley Powers
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: April 1999
Pages: 507

The popularity of Microsoft's Active Server Pages (ASP) technology is growing rapidly. Part of the reason is ASP's flexibility: the output of ASP scripts is most commonly HTML, which is included in the text stream returned to the client, making it a convenient way of creating browser-independent web content. But an additional reason--and one that will become more and more important over time, as web applications replace web pages--is its extensibility. And the most effective way to extend ASP is to develop custom ASP components.

However, the techniques for developing custom ASP components, along with the snags and pitfalls of developing custom components, are not well documented. In addition, to successfully develop ASP components one must be a jack-of-all-trades: programming requires some knowledge of COM, of threading models, and of the ASP object model, as well as a mastery of one or more language tools and development environments.

That's where Developing ASP Components comes in. The first section of the book explores the topics all developers need to know to develop components for ASP effectively:

  • The configuration of the ASP development environment
  • ASP components and the Component Object Model (COM)
  • ASP components and threading models
  • ASP components and the Microsoft Transaction Server, which can be used to provide a variety of services to ASP components
  • The objects, properties, methods, and events available in the ASP object model

Because more and more developers find themselves using more than a single language tool, the remaining three sections of the book each focus on ASP component development using any of the three major development tools: Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft Visual C++ and the ActiveX Template Library (ATL), and Microsoft J++. Each section carefully focuses on the issues that concern the ASP component developer who is using that particular development environment. These include:

  • Accessing ASP's intrinsic objects
  • Accessing data using either OLE DB (in the case of C++) or ADO (in the case of VB and J++)
  • Creating n-tier web applications with VB
  • Handling persistence using MFC along with Visual C++/ATL
  • Accessing native code (the Windows libraries, which are written in C) from J++

This thorough coverage of the background information needed for developing ASP components, as well as its focus on the component development in each of three major development environments, makes Developing ASP Components the definitive resource for the ASP application and component developer.

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Such books which concentrate on a single Technology are far better than beating around all possible bushes!!! Sincere Thanks to the Author.

 
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Excellent!! This book lays everything out very clear. It provided me with the best single source of information on what I had to know to create the best performing ASP components I could. I am a VB developer and found the information to be extremely useful both for the VB information, the J++ information, and IIS itself. This book is a must for those starting to write COM components and for experienced developers, too. My personal opinion is that if you are developing ASP components in VB or J++ without this book you are doing yourself a disservice. The book also covers developing components with C++ but I only use VB and J++ so I skipped that part of the book. Best book I bought this year.

 
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The author really understands the diverse nature of developing a good n-tier component (Windows DNA) system using ASP, IIS, and MTS. She does an excellent job of presenting

how to develop components using Visual C++, Visual Basic, and Visual J++. There are no other books on the market that have attempted this! This book is up to date and a very practical introduction to developing ASP Components. Great job, Shelley, for giving us a great resource!

 
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Easy to understand code and demonstrates how to development COMponents in various languages which is the best part of the book.

 
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Essential for the ASP developer. Good book. Was perfect for me. Its easier to criticise a bad book than to describe the pros of a good one.

 
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A book devoted to a specific topic is always far superior to the other books which trys to cover all technologies on the earth.

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