Re: Visual representation of Active Server Pages

Subject: Re: Visual representation of Active Server Pages
From: Lou Quillio <quillio -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2005 09:16:03 -0500

On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 11:46:35 -0800 (PST), John Posada
<jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Now, I'm trying to do the same for a web portal composed entirely of
> Active Server Pages (.ASP)

The output of each of those ASP pages is an HTML page. Unless you're
documenting code, the fact that they contain ASP script at the source
level should be moot, yes?

> Has anyone ever seen a tool that will do this?

Hmm. I'm guessing you've used FP to crawl and open an entire "web" of
pages, then based your representation (wireframe?) on FP's depictions
of the hierarchy -- and that it doesn't work on unprocessed ASP pages.
Sucks, since you're the first person to find a legitimate use for FP.

You sure (and I'm still guesing) that this won't work if you point FP
at a running instance of the ASP application, via HTTP? Obviously if
you use FTP you'll be getting ASP source rather than output, same as
if you point it at source ASP scripts sitting in any old directory.
But if it's running on an IIS server somewhere and you tell FP to get
everything starting at, say, http://localhost/index.asp, you'll be
crawling output and FP should perform as before.

If for some reason that doesn't work -- and you *can* get somebody to
put the ASP application on a working IIS server -- you could wget or
cURL the site into a set of static pages. Then FP would work. There
are lots of wget apps for Windows ( Or you
could get a dev to do it, zip-up the files and send them to you. Fact
is, if you're documenting ASP _output_, somebody has to provide you
the output or the means of acquiring it. Source ASP scripts are only
useful for documenting the scripts themselves.



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