3.11. Dynamic Web Pages
Virtuoso provides an extensible array or dynamic methods for creating data driven web pages. Through runtime hosting Virtuoso can directly host, store and drive:
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Virtuoso Server Pages (VSP) is Virtuoso's specification for creating dynamic database driven Web pages, these files have the extension ".vsp" and are identical in functionality to: ASP, PHP, and JSP pages. A fundamental difference between VSP pages and others (PHP, ASP. and JSP pages) is the fact that VSPs are specialized forms of Virtuoso Stored procedures which implies that data is in-process rather than out-of-process, you do not have to complete a client-server connection in order to actually bind to the data being used in a VSP page. The obvious benefit being significant performance improvements over ASP, PHP, and JSP pages (which all bind to data out-of-process).
Virtuoso Server Pages for XML (VSPX) is an XML based framework and state-managed system similar to ASPX. Pages are written in XML to describe templates of data-aware web-widgets. This massively reduces the code-effort and avoids many bugs by providing the functionality for you, of which you specify the data-source, be it XML, SQL or other, and which predefined control you want it represented by. VSPX allows for custom-designed controls too. Since XML is a key factor for VSPX so does XSLT for providing total separation between the data, business logic and the layout on the web page.
The Web Application Development Chapter.