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              C o v e r Y o u r A S P . c o m


I was prompted to post a newsletter a little early this time
- my investigation of how to run ASP under Windows XP Home
Edition was very popular so I thought I should post it here

Hopefully some of you will read this before you make the
fateful step of purchasing the wrong version of this
admittedly awesome OS.

I have to say that I love my XP Pro. It may not *do* much
more than 2000 Pro, but it sure as hell is nicer to use.


                   T H E   C O N T E S T


No, the contest isn't over yet. Still another week to go.

I will be making a change for the next contest though. I
will move from bi-weekly to a monthly contest.

The main reason for the change? To give more members a
chance to take part.

Over the course of 2 weeks about 200 members regularly
accrue points, and since my recent changes very few reach
the maximum 500 points.

The main prize is a complete set of components from
VisualASP, who were kind enough to again donate their
component suite to the lucky winner.

I couldn't resist putting my current favorite ASP book in
the contest again: "ASP.NET Unleashed" by Stephen Walther.

Prize details at


                    T H E   D I A R Y

               The recent events at CoverYourASP


8 Jan

- Gokhan Kayalibay started a chain of events a few days ago
that culminated in a new Snippet: Can I run ASP on XP Home
Edition? [1]

This wasn't the first time I've been asked, but this time
I got a lot closer to the truth, and even spoke to David
Berry, a Microsoft MVP, who told me:

"Microsoft PWS is officially dead...Microsoft decided to
discontinue it in favor of supporting IIS. XP [Home]
owners will need to upgrade to XP Pro to use IIS."

I find this totally amazing. Users that develop ASP under
Windows 95/98/ME and PWS will undoubtedly feel betrayed
when they discover that they can no longer run ASP on the
much-hyped XP.

Of course 2000 or XP Pro is what developers should be
developing on, but to cut off the amateur ASP developer
seems spiteful and ill-conceived. Worse: I suspect that
there is little or no difference between versions of XP -
XP Home could easily run IIS if the DLL's were shipped and
a couple re-compiled.

Maybe even a simple registry change might do it, although
that would probably have been found by now!

When I started it was a big advantage that I could
literally start programming ASP on day 1 with Windows 98.
I would not have upgraded to NT just to see how ASP worked.
I was comparing ASP, PHP and ColdFusion and a part of my
decision came from how quickly and easily I could learn.

It seems to me that the balance has now tipped



11 Jan

- There's an update to Can I run ASP on XP Home Edition? [1]
Scott Mitchell let me know about a more detailed
explanation of a workaround. Be aware that I do not
recommend doing this lightly!



13 Jan

- I just got informed that CYA is website of the week [1]
over at ASP Experts[2]. It looks like they recently had a
complete makeover, so why not check them out?



                  T O O L S   I   U S E

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           L A T E S T   D E V E L O P M E N T S


Two new snippets were added:

11 Jan: Porting my JScript code to VBScript

7 Jan: Can I run ASP on XP Home Edition?


I think I've mentioned before that I was invited to join the
secret-ish ASP Aces over at - well
that's a lot of fun! Everyday I'm in contact with the 200
best ASP developers on the planet. [I bet that'll get me

Anyway, one of the perks for 40 of the Aces is to be invited
to Microsoft in Redmond  for 4 days in March. I was lucky
enough to be chosen to go! I get to meet Rob Howard, Scott
Guthrie, Susan Warren and all the other members of the
ASP.NET team.

It will be sooooooo cool. I'll tell you all about it. ;-)

Thanks Guys! Speak to you later.

Warmest Regards,

James Shaw

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