New User FAQ
Q. What is NeoWebScript?
A. NeoWebScript is a Tcl-based programming language that allows both simple and complex programs to be embedded into HTML files.
When an HTML page containing embedded NeoWebScript is requested, the NeoWebScript/enabled webserver goes to it's hard drive to make a copy of the page as usual, but does not immediately send that copy of the page to the requesting browser. Instead, the webserver reads the page, looking for the special
Technically speaking, this is called a Server Side Include (SSI). Closely related to the more widely known CGI scripts and programming, it has some distinct advantages. For the user, foremost of these is the above described ability to write the programming code directly in the web page. This allows someone new to NeoWebScript and/or programming to start small, with tiny bits of code to do specific things, and add more features as they learn more. In contrast, CGI's normally require that you have a complete, functioning program before they can do anything.
Q. How difficult is it to install NeoWebScript as my webserver?
A. We think it's pretty easy, but it does require some patience, a little bit of knowledge of webservers, Unix, etc. We have a variety of Red Hat Linux RPM packages available that allow you to install everything from a turnkey Neowebscript-only Apache server (installs in about 5 minutes) to a complex Apache server that supports Neowebscript, PHP4, MySql, and SSL Secure Encryption, all at the same time (installs in a few hours). Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for info and assistance.
Q. Can you show me exactly how I would use NeoWebScript in my web pages?
Just insert your NeoWebScript into any HTML document, with the special
While this is the preferred way, there is an another way that is supported for backward compatability. Rather than using<html> <head> <title>Lottery Picker</title> </head> <nws> random seed set red [format %02x [expr [random 128] + 128]] set green [format %02x [random 256]] set blue [format %02x [expr [random 128] + 128]] html "<body bgcolor=$red$green$blue>" </nws> <h3>Isn't this neat?</h3> </body> </html>
There are three versions of this old style tag:
As you can see, the use is almost identical to the
<html> <head> <title>Lottery Picker</title> </head> <!--#nws code=' random seed set red [format %02x [expr [random 128] + 128]] set green [format %02x [random 256]] set blue [format %02x [expr [random 128] + 128]] html "<body bgcolor=$red$green$blue>" '--> <h3>Isn't this neat?</h3> </body> </html>
Q. I see "Neoscript" in some places, instead of "NeoWebScript". What gives?
A. Neoscript was our original name for this product. Then we discovered that the domain name neoscript.com had already been taken by another company. In a further twist of irony, at that time NeoSoft was their ISP (We're the oldest public dial-up ISP in Houston,TX, and one of the oldest in the US) and was serving that domain for them. So we picked a new name, but there's still some legacy traces.
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