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True Dynamic Includes v1

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Submitted on: 1/6/2015 7:13:00 AM
By: dselkirk (from psc cd)  
Level: Intermediate
User Rating: By 4 Users
Compatibility: ASP (Active Server Pages)
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     Exactly as it sounds. This function will allow you to dynamic include a file into your script. From my knowledge this has not been done. Please vote and give me some feed back.

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Purpose
I, as like most ASP developers have wanted the ability to dynamically include script files. If dynamic includes were possible we would be able to increase performance if existing code, add files based upon a variable value and even change the structure of page creation. The possibilities are enormous.

Basics
The function is actually very simple. It reads the passed file using the filesystem object. Then it removes the surrounding ASP delimiters "<% ... %>". This allows us to re-use existing files. The files contents are then passed through the vbscript method "ExecuteGlobal". This will stick the content into the current process and give us access to it. Below is an example of how to include a file.

<!--#include file="include.asp"-->
<%
  include "script.asp"
  output "test"
%>

Limitation
I made this version fairly simple. You can not include files with HTML. It will only recognize the surrounding ASP delimiters "<% ... %>". Version 2 which will be posted here in a couple days will take care of that problem.

Conclusion
I really hope that you find this as useful as I have. Since this is so unique I would very much appreciate that you recognize where you got it. I would appreciate any comments or suggestions for future version to increase performance and robustness. I would also appreciate you votes.

See Version 2 here.

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