COPYRIGHT Copyright (c) 1998 Chamas Enterprises Inc. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. NAME Apache::ASP - Active Server Pages for Apache (all platforms) DESCRIPTION This module provides a Active Server Pages port to Apache. Active Server Pages is a web application platform that originated with Microsoft's IIS server. Under Apache for both Win32 and Unix, it allows a developer to create web applications with session management and perl embedded in static html files. This is a portable solution, similar to ActiveWare's PerlScript and MKS's PScript implementation of perl for IIS ASP. Theoretically, one should be able to take a solution that runs under Apache::ASP and run it without change under PerlScript or PScript for IIS. CONFIG Use with Apache. Copy the /eg directory from the ASP installation to your Apache document tree and try it out! You have to put AllowOverride All in your config section to let the .htaccess file in the /eg installation directory do its work. Here is a sample config in a *.conf Apache configuration file that works, if you want to skip the /eg installation: ## mandatory SetHandler perl-script PerlHandler Apache::ASP PerlSendHeader On Options ExecCGI ## optional flags PerlSetVar Debug 0 PerlSetVar Global c:/tmp PerlSetVar CookiePath / PerlSetVar NoSession 0 PerlSetVar SessionTimeout 20 You can use the same config in .htaccess files without the Location tag. I use the tag in the .htaccess file of the directory that I want to run my asp application. This allows me to mix other file types in my application, static or otherwise. ASP Syntax ASP embedding syntax allows one to embed code in html in 2 simple ways. The first is the <% xxx %> tag in which xxx is any valid perl code. The second is <%= xxx %> where xxx is some scalar value that will be inserted into the html directly. An easy print. A simple asp page would look like: For loop incrementing font size:

<% for(1..5) { %> Size = <%=$_%>
<% } %> Notice that your perl code blocks can span any html. The for loop above iterates over the html without any special syntax. The Object Model The beauty of the ASP Object Model is that it takes the brunt of the burden of CGI and Session Management off the developer, and puts them in objects accessible from any ASP page. For the perl programmer, treat these objects as globals accesible from anywhere in your ASP application. Currently the Apache::ASP object model supports the following objects: Object -- Function ------ -------- $Response -- output $Request -- input $Application -- application state $Session -- session state These objects, and their methods are further defined in the following sections. MORE I'll put more info on objects here soon. QUESTIONS Please send any questions or comments to Joshua Chamas at