In this chapter, we'll first look at what server-side scripting is and how it works. Then I'll show how to set up a web server using Personal Web Server, a simple web server that's freely available for the Windows platform, as an example. While this server is not powerful enough to run a big e-commerce website from, it's certainly good enough while we are learning and for simple intranet (corporate network) websites.
We'll then look in more detail at how we insert server-side script into a web page using Active Server Pages (ASP) and what server-side techniques are available to add extra power to our website. We'll finish by adding server-side processing to the Trivia Quiz, in readiness for the next chapter where we will use a database to store the trivia questions.