4. Active Server Pages squashes WebBase
Expertelligence's WebBase was the first self-contained Web application platform for Windows, combining a development environment, scripting language, database access engine, and HTTP server in a single program that would run on any version of Windows. Microsoft officials visited Expertelligence in 1996, then retired to Redmond, where Microsoft eventually bundling its own scripting language, ASP, as part of its Internet Information Explorer (IIS) HTTP server. The free ASP/IIS combo rapidly eclipsed all third-party Web application products.
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