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I want to know what the code for constructing a page counter is.  I think it might be either in vbscript or asp(and maybe not).  It is for a course project and I have to write the code myself from scratch.  Thank you.
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by:Michel Plungjan
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So in order not to deprive you of the learning process, I will give you some hints:

1. The counter program must be server based since you need somewhere to store a file with the number that gets incremented.
2. The program reads this file (creates it and sets the value to 0 if the file does not exist), increments the value and writes the value back to the file and
3 returns some text (SSI or ASP) or an image (gif) or a redirect to an image representing the value of the counter.

Michel
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by:tunct
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Have a look at www.TheCounter.com. This one offers lots of statistics & requires you to put some javascript into your page... might not be exactly what you want :)

The old way is to have an image tag with "src" parameter being a cgi-binary (there are also plain text counters). This means contacting your sysadmin and asking questions. You might try to link some off-site counters as well... just examine the html code of pages  which have counters.

Best Regards,
T.
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MasseyM earned 200 total points
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I will give you the code, Here it is in ASP:

<%   ' Lock the Application object  
     Application.Lock  
     ' Increment the count
     Application("Count") = Application("Count") + 1
     ' Unlock the Application object
     Application.Unlock
%>

This is from the Microsoft MIND magazine...
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