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How to Create ASP Applications Without Writing ASP Code


In this article, Robert shows us how to create web applications written in VB, allowing the use of all the features of the VB compiler and debugger.

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By: Robert Gelb
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February 23, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · How to Create ASP Applications Without Writing ASP Code
  2. · How it Works
  3. · Troubleshooting
  4. · Conclusion

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As far as long-term code maintenance is concerned, ASP could be one of the worst environments ever created. I mean, here we have tons of code where logic is barely separated from content and sometimes not at all. Corporations literally are stuck with millions of lines of hard-to-follow ASP code and they will be paying for it in years to come, which is great for developers because it keeps us in business. And donít get me started on debugging ASP.

As one of my co-workers says: "You have to dance on one leg and sing a Gypsy song in order to get Interdev to debug ASP code". So, when Paul Sheriff of PDSA (a well-know VB instructor - see his ad in every VBPJ) showed me a working, easily maintainable web application, totally written in VB (not VBScript), except for 6 lines of ASP code, I was stunned. I had to go through several steps of ASP recovery workshop.

First there was bewilderment - why, why, why did I program ASP all this time. Then anger - so much lost time that I will never get back. After anger I experienced curiosity - exactly how does this work and what more can be done with it. The 4th step was acceptance. In the final step I embraced the new paradigm. Now I am more productive than ever. Web applications fly off my computer.
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