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Template for modern Classic ASP/VBScript development - Tue, 20 Feb 2024 16:34:49 GMT by Pieter

Few months ago Nick and I had a brainstorm about this idea for a new app to organize playlists. Instead of diving into that straight away I came up with a template that could serve this and potentially many other similar application-ideas. I uploaded my work so far to https://github.com/aspLite/Template This template could be a starting point for any new Classic ASP/ ...

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ChatGPT can code Classic ASP - Sun, 18 Feb 2024 11:54:29 GMT by Pieter

So I asked ChatGPT if it could code Classic ASP. Few seconds later, it came up with an application to "manage contacts". Click here for a dump of my 2 minute chat.  I followed the instructions and guess what... this works! It does 100% what I asked for. Amazing. I attach the "full application" to this message, but guys, DO NOT USE THIS ON A LIVE SERVER... b ...

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Some serious thinking - Wed, 17 Jan 2024 16:45:07 GMT by Pieter

GitHub cut me off last week. I no longer had access to the QuickerSite codebase or any other repository.  I once forgot to download some recovery codes. I was no longer able to login using 2FA. My login was sort of disabled. Meantime all is fine again. I had to request to disable 2FA for my account. It took 2 days before they got that sorted. After I restored th ...

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A New Year's present - Thu, 04 Jan 2024 12:43:25 GMT by Pieter

I admit: my hosting business has been shrinking year after year. Somewhere between 2007 and 2010 I hosted 1200 QuickerSites on a single Windows 2000 Advanced server. That number has gone down to 230 today.  For some years now I'm using a Windows 2019 server in the AWS Public Cloud (EC2 instance). I recently downsized that EC2 instance from a t2.large to a t2.med ...

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Mobirise beats Google sites... - Thu, 18 Jan 2024 18:48:54 GMT by Pieter

UPDATE! Mobirise no longer sells lifetime licenses like it did back in 2019-2020. It only sells yearly renewable licenses today. Make sure check out their license policy on their website! Google sites are extremely boring (because very limited) after all. So I rebuilt the website of my wife's dental practice www.ortholubbeek.be in Mobirise ...

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Google sites - pros and cons - Sun, 14 Jan 2024 11:23:26 GMT by Pieter

Google Sites is getting somewhere! Google gave it a big update last summer. It's definitely worth to take a closer look. So far I have created 3 sites with Google Sites. One of them is my band's site. Pro's: 100% ad-free all-in-one hosting solution  Use your own domain (multiple domains are possible) Sitesearch included by default GDPR-compatible cookiewa ...

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What I like most about my passion for classic ASP coding - Wed, 01 Nov 2023 10:41:36 GMT by Pieter

I often receive messages like the ones below. It's striking how many of us classic ASP developers share the same feeling. Left alone in the woods with our ASP-scripts and functions that passed the test of time (some of them are working flawlessly for 25 years now, on all Windows Servers). I am moved with your back stories with the development of asplite. I am an ...

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A new idea - a playlist/rehearsal manager - Mon, 28 Aug 2023 22:36:50 GMT by Pieter

After struggling for months with this, years actually, I will try come up with a mobile first web application that takes care of the various playlists I go through as a live performer. Below the first brainstorm of the datamodel.  A user can manage multiple bands. The user can add songs (by artists) to both playlists and rehearsals. At the gig, the mus ...

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Playing with the HTML Canvas again - Sun, 11 Jun 2023 22:30:27 GMT by Pieter

I feel bored lately. Live example.

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Google Material Symbols and QS - a perfect marriage - Fri, 12 May 2023 22:30:47 GMT by Pieter

Once again, Google has blown me away (it still is... no idea where this will land actually). Never heared of it, until yesterday. Google's Material Design. Material Design is Google's open source design system for Android, iOS, Flutter, and the Web. On a side note, the implementation for the Web isn't ready yet. I can't wait for that to happen though. ...

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Small cosmetical change to QS - Mon, 08 May 2023 22:30:11 GMT by Pieter

I've made a small cosmetical change to QS. The changes are available on GitHub. The only files that changed are /asp/includes/javascript.asp (needed) and some more in the /asp folder (but you don't really need those). I have used some more padding, a less agressive border-color and rounded borders for text-boxes, selectboxes and textareas. This affects both the ...

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100% free and reliable static website hosting without ads? - Sun, 07 May 2023 11:37:12 GMT by Pieter

It sounds like a wrong idea to even search for and use it. But it's not. I'm hosting both pietercooreman.be and asplite.com on 100% free static website hosting for 3 years now. On GitHub pages. GitHub pages offers pure static website hosting (no server-side scripts allowed) for each and every project you have on GitHub. SSL is included for free as well! Two minor lim ...

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Asynchronous calls in an ASP page? Not possible... unless... - Thu, 04 May 2023 22:19:29 GMT by Pieter

Update: the solution discussed below is generating CORS errors in JavaScript. Long story short, you need to allow CORS in IIS. While VBScript is equipped with asynchronous components (httprequests, shell), when using them in ASP they're always synchronous. Classic ASP does not support asynchronous calls whatsoever. Classic ASP follows a strict set of sequences, which ...

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Classic ASP end of life? Fake news. - Fri, 21 Apr 2023 10:53:15 GMT by Pieter

Some sites report that classic ASP is "end of life". The funny thing about this is, these are articles written between 5 and 10 years ago. Even Wikipedia reports that "ASP was supported until 14 January 2020 on Windows 7." This is fake news. There is no official EOL policy for classic ASP. As from IIS7, classic ASP is implemented as an ISAPI filter in IIS, configured ...

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Overcome the classic ASP 200kB upload limit in IIS Express - Sun, 09 Apr 2023 12:50:24 GMT by Pieter

The problem: by default classic ASP developers face a 200kB (200000 Bytes) upload limit in IIS Express. Unlike in IIS5-11, IIS Express has no GUI-way to configure this value. IIS Express is available as a development-host in various MicroSoft IDE's like Visual Code and Visual Studio. I use it in Webmatrix, an IDE that MicroSoft decided to stop developing some years a ...

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Create stunning PDF-flyers with ChromeASP - Fri, 02 Feb 2024 11:06:44 GMT by Pieter

For a customer I recently setup an easy way to create PDF flyers. They had to be printable in various formats (ie: A5, A4, A3). ChromeASP turned out to be a lifesaver once again. This is what I was able to deliver with ChromeASP. Behind the scenes, a basic HTML-file gets converted to PDF with ChromeASP. Live example: http://pdf.asplite.com/ (test 5). Even though ...

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Mobilefriendly email template - Tue, 04 Apr 2023 16:53:15 GMT by Pieter

In my search for a mobilefriendly email template to use in QuickerSite, I quickly realized that most designers stick to a table-driven setup, even in 2023. Unlike most browsers, some email readers are ridiculously outdated. Outlook 2003, 2010 or Outlook Express... remember ? They're still in use though. For QuickerSite, this template is about the most basic mobi ...

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Using Headless Chrome in classic ASP - Fri, 31 Mar 2023 16:22:41 GMT by Pieter

UPDATE 31/03/2023: A bug in Chrome currently breaks the "export as screenshot" feature that I liked a lot. Screenshots now default to 800/600px and do not respect the window-size parameter anymore. This should be fixed in Google 113.  UPDATE: I turned this into a GitHub repository. Make sure to give it a try and report any issue! Thanks! For a customer, I ...

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Classic ASP forever. - Sun, 14 Jan 2024 11:27:25 GMT by Pieter

For me personally 2022 was a good year. I made some new friends. A new band. New great development in Classic ASP. For my employer in Belgium, I built a big application on top of aspLite. aspLite turns out to be the most versatile and powerful AJAX-library I've ever written for Classic ASP. It could even get much better if other Classic ASP developers would join and c ...

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QuickerSite and Windows Server 2022 - Tue, 02 Aug 2022 10:13:12 GMT by Pieter

I have recently installed QuickerSite on a Windows Server 2022 (hosted on Azure). No problems as such. Still the exact same things to keep in mind: Install IIS and ASP using the Server Manager Enable 32-bit applications in the IIS application pool make sure permissions are set (ie make sure Everyone has full permissions on the fysical directory of your QS) But I f ...

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