READ THE 4 GUYS FAQ!!! This should answer most of your questions. Or you can go to Microsoft and ask them why we use it... they're the ones that thought it up!! Almost every ASP site has a section explaining all this kind of beginner stuff (why, how, what, what's better, etc.) so there's really no point in posting this kind of question on a message board. Just do some investigating! Yahoo search for ASP and you'll find a whole bunch of good ASP sites. Have fun!<BR>Maddy.