A Comparison of Server Side & Client Side Scripting

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A Comparison of Server Side & Client Side Scripting
Client-side and server-side code each execute on separate platforms, providing a rich user interface. (code image by Charles Taylor from Fotolia.com)

Client-side scripting involves writing programs that will attach to HTML documents and run on the Web browser rather than on the server from where the document was retrieved. Server-side scripting, on the other hand, is writing programs that will be executed on servers to generate dynamic content.

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Information Access

Client-side scripting allows programs to have more access to the Web browser while server-side scripting allow access to more server functions.

Programming Language

Since server-side scripts are executed on the server, the language used to write them is irrelevant as long as an interpreter is installed on the server. Client-side scripting however is dependent upon the user's Web browser and need to be written in a language that most browsers understand.

Learning Curve

Client-side scripting tends to be more intensive than server scripting since it requires knowledge of a number of elements supported by most Web browsers. However, the result is more distinct elements making it more enjoyable for viewers.

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