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Language: Active Server Pages (ASP)
Expertise: Beginner
Feb 24, 2000

Which Scripting Language Should We Use?

Question:
We are in the process of putting up two service portals, which may have business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions. We are confused as to which scripting language we should use. We have zeroed in on Active Server Pages (ASP) as the Web programming environment and Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0 as our Web server. Also, we intend to use one scripting language for both client-side and server-side scripting.

Answer:
Well, part of the answer is easy. If you intend make your site available to both major browsers (Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator), then you must use JavaScript. Netscape Navigator does not support VBScript. If you are determined to use the same language on both sides, then you can use JavaScript on the server-side with no problem. However, most sites that I have worked will use VBScript on the back-end and JavaScript on the front.

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