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"Aplication server must be specified"


2:46 am on Apr 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The site that I'm building is simple.. about 5 pages, pic gallery, reservation form etc...

In order for my site to function properly, must I specify an aplication server? If so, then which one? >> ASP 2.0, JSP 1.0, or Cold Fusion 4.0?

Thanks in advance!

3:03 am on Apr 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If you're using basic HTML, no application server is needed. If your pages use scripting (asp, JS, CF, or php) you will need to install and configure an app server. The DW help file provides some details for doing this.
4:39 pm on Apr 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Your post mentioned a reservation form. Typically, forms require some sort of server-side processing, such as ASP, PHP, ColdFusion or JSP. What version of Dreamweaver are you using and what operating system (Mac, Win98, Win2K, XP home or Pro)? Depending on your operating system, you may be able to install either Microsoft's Personal Web Server (PWS) or a personal version of Microsoft IIS to run ASP as your application server.
If memory serves, Dreamweaver MX can also use PHP as an application server out of the box, and Dreamweaver 4 can use PHP with an extension. This may be a good route to take if your operating system doesn't support ASP as an application server (heck, its a good option even if your OS supports ASP, PHP is a great tool to work with). If you decide to go the PHP route, there are several free installation kits available (typically, these install Apache web server, PHP, MySQL database and other tools). Check out HotScripts.com for a list of these kits. I've used both FoxServ and FirePages. I liked both, and they don't seem to interfere with Windows...
One final note: even though your site is simple now, it would be a good idea to consider what application server you'd like to use (ASP, PHP, etc...). Though this sound complicated, the extra effort spent up front dealing with this can save you a LOT of time, effort and disapointment down the line. You'd be surprised at how quickly you will find yourself wanting more functionality. For example, go to hotscripts.com and check out the image gallary scripts available for PHP...
6:29 am on May 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Griz_Fan --

DW MX can use JS, PHP, ASP, and Cold Fusion servers out to the box. You just have to specify the the server type (MySQL etc), FTP or Local, address, user, pass ect.


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