ASP Training: Is It Worth It?

How ASP Training Can Benefit Your Career

Depending on your responsibilities as a web programmer, you may be called upon to use the ASP (Active Server Pages) server-side scripting engine. ASP takes text scripts in an HTML context and runs them on Microsoft web servers inside Internet Information Services (IIS) to create dynamic and interactive pages.

Although ASP.NET has replaced the original ASP, the legacy technology is still used, and Microsoft has said it will support ASP pages on Windows 8 until at least 2022.

So, to round out your web development skills, you might want to consider taking part in ASP training. Here are five things you can expect to learn:

1. Source code and output

Although ASP differs from HTML, ASP is often written as scripts within an HTML document. If the HTML has embedded ASP scripts, the server will run those scripts and display the results within the page.

Some ASP training tools display both the ASP source code and the HTML output of the code, to help learners figure out how this works.

2. Scripting languages

Many tutorials and training sessions ask that programmers already have basic knowledge of HTML and a scripting language like JavaScript or VBScript, as ASP combines HTML pages and script commands to create web pages. Some courses also look at Access databases, Visual Studio applications and web application configuration.

3. A few last-century dates

Because ASP has been replaced by ASP.NET, some online tutorials and overviews include dates that are “so last century.” But that doesn’t mean the information itself is no longer relevant.

If you’re working with ASP, you’ll need to read the information — including talk of things like object model and built-in objects — through a present-day lens. Microsoft no longer makes FrontPage, for example, so you’ll have to use a different web editor.

4. Data collection

The data collection options included within ASP are still pertinent today. For example, some tutorials show you how to create an HTML form page to collect customer data and how to strip the FrontPage code from HTML.

5. Talk of ASP.NET

Because Microsoft has replaced ASP with ASP.NET, companies still working with ASP will need to move sooner or later to the web application framework.

Whether you engage in ASP training online or through a local class, you will be able to find ample information about how to migrate pages to ASP.NET (and why this move will prove necessary).

No matter how familiar you are with ASP.NET, ASP training can be useful. It’s helpful to see where a program has been to understand how it’s evolved and where it’s going.

Looking for a programming job? Take a look at our current job listings. Our Salary Guide can give you an idea of what starting ASP.NET jobs pay in your region: