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I have installed Apache for Windows.  Hosting a web page on my home PC (I have DSL so they gave me a static IP....nice).

There does not seem to be native support for ASP unless you (purchase?) ChilliSoft or something?

What language does ASP support natively (beyond just simple HTML)?

For example:

1)  JavaScript?
2)  Database (ADO, MS Access, SQL Server, MySQL)
3)  Server side scripting (PHP, perl)

What about hooking into my own custom DLL's, etc.?

Thanks,

Tom
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ASP supports 2 types of coding, JScript and VBScript, while ASP.NET supports a whole bunch of additional languages like C#.

ASP is pretty crippled on Apache, even if you install ChiliSoft. You are better off choosing one platform or the other:

ASP:IIS
or
PHP:Apache

ASP is an interpreted scripting language, so cannot run other application types such as PHP, Perl. JavaScript is usually run on the client side, so the server setup is of no consequence.

If you are just starting out, may I recommend that you try Apache/MySQL/PHP instead of ASP. It's open source, so free to use and is much easier to get started than ASP:IIS in my opinion.

This tutorial at SitePoint should get you started:

http://www.sitepoint.com/article/driven-website-php-amp-mysql
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Does PHP support custom DLL's, etc?
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Does anyone ever write games in PHP?
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DLLs are a Windows-specific thing. You could write shell scripts with extension .so and run them with PHP if you have the proper permisisons on your server. I'm also sure there are many games written with PHP.
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