Welcome to first chapter of your Basic ASP Learning Series.
I mostly communicate on a personal level, so it's better we acquaint ourselves in beginning. My name is Amrit Hallan and I'm a web developer. I work through my web site - http://www.bytesworth.com. I'm not a nerd (and don't want to be) and most of my knowledge has come to me piecemeal through lots of hard work and interaction with my other developer friends. I don' t think it'd be fair to say that I'm an authority on ASP but yes, I have a few satisfied clients in my portfolio and I know enough to get you started. By time you are through with these daily chapters, you'll have learnt enough to make a small shopping cart in ASP.
Most of chapters will be organized in a linear fashion, so that you always have to work according to your previously acquired knowledge. Sometimes I'll sound like writing entire chapter in a bulleted form, but that'll be just to keep unnecessary (I mean that is out of scope of this reference) stuff out.
I wish I could know your name too. But I don't know how many people are going to read this. If you want to let me know that YOU are one at moment reading this, you are welcome to send me a friendly message at mailto:email@example.com. I love to hear from people (ok, word "people" excludes Spammers - they are not people).
Enough of my warming up. Here we go with first chapter.
Installing Personal Web Server
==> Beginning of Chapter One <==
If you want to work with ASP (Active Server Pages) on your personal computer, you need to install Personal Web Server (PWS). As name indicates, it's a server. Unlike normal HTML pages, dynamic pages (either created with CGI, PHP, ASP or Cold Fusion) require some sort of a server to carry on their business. Without a server, you can create a dynamic page, but you cannot view it decently in run-time mode.
Since I mostly work with Active Server Pages using PWS, I'll tell you how to install PWS.
It ships free with Win98 CD, and should be in add-ons folder.
>From there, install PWS on your computer. The installation program creates a folder, inetpub in directly you specify during installation. This inetpub, further has a folder, wwwroot. So if you install your PWS on your C drive, wwwroot path should be
All files that you create, you store under wwwroot. What we generally do is, we create separate folders for separate projects under wwwroot folder. So if I created bytesworth folder in wwwroot folder, full path should be