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ISAPI extensions allow you to access the operating system on your web server (including API calls) while still communicating with your web site through the response object. In this article Raj gives us a nice introduction to ISAPI and also shows us two examples that he's made with Delphi and Paradox. The examples implement a simple login system and utilize a database. Even if you don't know Deplhi then you'll still be able to pick up the basics of ISAPI in a flash!

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By: Raj Bakhru
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April 11, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · An Introduction To ISAPI
  2. · The Benefits of ISAPI
  3. · ISAPI Database Example
  4. · Conclusion

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An Introduction To ISAPI - Conclusion
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The purpose of this article was to both introduce you to ISAPI and to show you the benefits of using it as a technology. For high traffic, high security sites, its the perfect alternative to CGI. Even better is the ability to combine technologies using ISAPI: You can embed ASP, JavaScript, or most other client-side languages within it. It also provides the XML/XSL/SOAP interface. For the most part, it's a forgotten technology, but, because of new dynamic content types it's making a surge back into popular use.

Before writing your dynamic application, make sure you consider the benefits of each of the languages and prioritize based on these advantages. ISAPI provides greater security, efficiency, and flexibility than most, and for most developers, these are high-priorities. If you have any questions or comments about ISAPI, please use the forum link below to ask me directly.
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