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ASP - dynamic display data to webpage

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using Dreamweaver to make a ASP page.
Have a sql 2005 server database.
Need to display data dynamically to a webpage.  So if the data changes on the DB the page will
automatically recieve the new updates.  I know that AJAX has a feature which can do partial page updates but i don't have access to Ajax on our web server.

So I wondering what logical approach would you take to accomplish this....
Note:  only looking for a general answer...thanks.
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Ajax would be the best route to go, I would recommended the asp.net ajax control toolkit, it's free and easy to install.

http://asp.net/ajax/

As far as updating the page there is a control within the asp.net ajax toolkit called the timer control, you can view information on this control here:
http://asp.net/AJAX/Documentation/Live/tutorials/IntroToTimerControl.aspx

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TechMonster,

AJAX doesn't need anything on the web server.  In some cases that can make it easier or provide some extra features but AJAX itself doesn't need it.  It is really just an effect that uses Javascript (or other clientside script), the xmlhttp object, a server script (or something like it) and the DOM.

One of the best explanations and simplest examples I have found on the net is at http://www.skeymedia.com/programming/classic-asp-and-ajax-tutorial/.  There is also a good explanation on what AJAX is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_%28programming%29.  The reference site W3Schools has a good section on AJAX at http://www.w3schools.com/ajax/default.asp.

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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I'm glad I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

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