Question: How can I pop up a message from ASP? An alert box, when something goes wrong. A "confirm" dialog showing details of a record to make sure the user really wants to delete the record? [ Print this FAQ]
Answer: Think about this for a moment: You are running your ASP code on a Server machine in Lower Franconia, South Texas. Your user is in an airplane flying over Zurich, Switzerland. In the course of processing some database function or some file function or who knows what, you discover that you want to "pop up" some message to your user. So you ask VBScript to do a
to display the message.
MsgBox But remember, your code is running on that server in South Texas. Where do you suppose that
is going to "pop up"? Yep, on the
MsgBox of the Server box that is sitting in the back room in Lower Franconia! system console the System Administrator even notices it, he's gonna be damned annoyed at you for putting up a message box every 7.312 seconds! You will probably be kicked off the machine. If Luckily for you, VBScript is smart enough to realized it's running on a server and won't let you make the call to
MsgBox from ASP!
Remember the fundamentals of Web Servers: The Web Server can send back HTML to whomever asked for it. (See, for example, only http://www.aspfaqs.com/aspfaqs/ShowFAQ.asp?FAQID=49!) The best you can do is send back an HTML page on that page do the popup! The usual way to do that is something like this: and
FAQ posted by Bill Wilkinson at
1/22/2001 7:09:02 PM to the
The Nature of Things category.
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