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This is a small ASP (Microsoft Active Server Pages) application that
implements a guestbook.
The guestbook has the following main-functionality:
- Display entries with author-name, e-mail, date and text
- Administration mode: delete entries
- Navigation: jump to first page, last page, previous page, next page,
The sample is ready-to-use. As-few-as-possible HTML-formating (e.g. fonts) is
done in order to keep it clear. You could modify the following things:
- Change the language of the texts
- Adjust the design to your needs
- Extend the functionality (please e-mail me, if you improved it, since I'm
very interested in any improvements)
The guestbook stores its entries in a Microsoft Access 2000 database (Access
97 works quite well, too - just convert the database) and accesses the database
using ADO (Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects, see http://www.microsoft.com/data/ado/).
To use the Access 2000 database, you probably need the latest version of the
Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC, also from http://www.microsoft.com/data/ado/).
I tried to comment the ASP code as well as I can. When you look through it
with a syntax-coloring editor, you should find the comments quite easily. I also
tryied to minimize the allways-present problem of having code mixed with
design/content be separating ASP from HTML as much as I can. Still I wanted to
keep all things in one file to make it compact. So the ASP pages became a bit
longer than it normally would.
I'm running this guestbook under a german version of NT 4.0 server, service
pack 6a (the 'a' is very important). Altough, SP 4 or 5 should be no problem,
A last tip for editing ASP files: I tried a lot of editors (including
Frontpage, InterDev, etc.), I found the most usable program is EditPlus, which
you can find on http://www.editplus.com/.
Please feel free to ask any questions you have by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 Oct 2000 - updated script.