The way in which clients use internet applications has taken on two very distinct, yet equally necessary forms. One of which is client side coding, which is responsible for those applications which are run directly on the client’s machine using local resources. The other option available to web developers is server side scripting. With server side coding, a web developer is able to present the client (generally) with nothing more than some simply browser friendly instructions (typically in HTML) which are generated by the host machine internally (as opposed to on the client’s PC). The code is written such that the script will internally access different parts of the machine, such that the client can be given custom information garnered to their specific requirements. Often, different browsers are incapable of the same things, and different machines don’t have the ability to produce the same results – making this, along with use in databases, one of the key features of server side scripting.
This is a particularly useful means of coding for the interne, especially when the objectives of a project have to deal with something that can only be stored locally (such as bank databases, etc.). These days, the web developer has a host of options to choose from when he or she is writing their code. They can, for example, use such scripting languages as ASP, PHP, Python and many others. In the past, the same tasks would’ve been significantly more complex as the web developer would’ve had to use a combination of various other programming languages to achieve their desired results – and even then, options were lacking.
With the advent of modern scripting languages, the game has changed. More people can now join the ever growing industry to internet website design and development, and as a result, many more people are flocking to do so. Further, ASP, PHP and Python (especially the final one) are remarkably easy to learn in comparison to the C programs and Shell scripts that would’ve once been required to accomplish even less complex tasks.