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JavaScript’s a great client-side language, but server-side scripting is also essential to modern websites. It does everything else that client-side scripting can’t (or shouldn’t) do. Saving user input, retrieving and processing database data, and page templating are but a few fundamental examples of how much server-side scripting is a part of our products.

There are plenty of languages and server-side frameworks, such as Rails, to choose from.

Obviously most people will be aware of server-side scripting in some form, but for beginners to the whole backend business-logic arena, it’s valuable knowing even just the basics of what server-side scripting can do in order to know the possibilities and limitations.

Author - Richard Baker
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