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From "D. L. Fox" <>
Subject Re: Very Basic Newbie Questions
Date Fri, 05 Dec 2003 20:36:13 GMT
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From: "Robin McDermott" <>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 11:34 AM
Subject: Very Basic Newbie Questions

> My programmer has asked me to confirm that we can run the following line
> (obviously in addition to other lines of code as well, but this is the one
> he is most concerned with):
> Set objWinHttp = Server.CreateObject("WinHttp.WinHttpRequest.5")

In Apache::ASP, this would be written:

my objWinHttp = $Server->CreateObject("WinHttp.WinHttpRequest.5");

However, this is used to allow the use of ActiveX on Win32 platforms.  Since
you will be on Linux, I'm not sure if there is a package/module/whatever
which will allow you to use ActiveX objects on Linux.  Perhaps someone on
the list knows of such a thing.  Since switching to Perl/Apache::ASP, I have
never had a need for ActiveX.  :)


> I have a dedicated Linux/Apache server through Interland/Dialtone.  The
> server was just set up this past summer so I assume it has fairly recent
> versions of Linux, Apache, Mod_Perl etc.
> What exactly does it take to install this Apache::ASP software onto that
> box?

On my Linux box (Mandrake 9.1), I had Apache install as part of the Linux
installation.  I installed Apache::ASP by using the Linux RPM that came with
the distribution.  It was quite simple, with no problems.  However, I am not
a server guru by any means, and - if I am reading correctly - you want to
install it onto the server of a commercial website host.  I will defer that
to others with more experience in such matters.  The website host I use
already had Apache::ASP installed as one of their features.  In fact,
it was the swaying factor in my decision to choose them as a host.

On a personal level, I can tell you this:  Coming from a Visual
Basic/IIS/ASP background, I do believe you are doing a Very Good Thing
considering Perl and Apache::ASP as an alternative.  I would much rather
program in Perl than VB, and Apache::ASP ranks higher than sliced bread on
my list.  :)

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