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New Technologies and What They Mean To You: Part 2

In part 1 of this series Jeremy talked about HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In this article he explains what PHP, ASP and ColdFusion are, providing advantages, disadvantages and examples for each.

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By: Jeremy Wright
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October 09, 2002
  1. · New Technologies and What They Mean To You: Part 2
  2. · PHP
  3. · ASP
  4. · ColdFusion
  5. · Conclusion

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New Technologies and What They Mean To You: Part 2
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For many of us, the world of the web and technology in general is a rather confusing one. One where anyone who knows anything can often be so proud of themselves that they won't stop and take the time to explain anything to you. This article series is about the exact opposite. People who know, contributing to people who don't know.

In this article we will look at a whole new area, the area of server-side scripting. In my previous article on client-side technologies, we saw things like normal HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In this article we will look at technologies that enable you to make HTML, CSS and JS dynamic -- in an automated way.

For instance, eBay does not hand-code each one of their auction pages. They use server-side programming to automatically generate those pages for you whenever you request them.

This article will cover the scripting languages which you can run server side. Scripting languages are interpreted, as opposed to being compiled. They are easier to use but they also take slightly longer to run. For most developers it is a good trade-off, and it is few companies indeed who will run their entire website from a compiled language, although eBay is one of them.

Well, let's begin then, shall we?
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