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Example: Database driven rewrites


In this example, we assume that we run a database driven web application that serves a large number of users and provides a separate home page for each user, for example "http://www.exampleweb.com/username".

As usual, every user has a username and a corresponding id stored in a database. So in order to dynamically create a user's home page, we must do the following conversion:

from: http://www.exampleweb.com/username

to: http://www.exampleweb.com/userpage.csp?user_id=n

To implement this database driven url rewriting, we need to utilize a rewrite configuration that passes the username to an external program which performs a database lookup and returns the corresponding user id. In this example, the scripting language for the external program is JScript.


## Rewrite configuration file

#Turn IIS Mod-Rewrite engine on
RewriteEngine On

#Define a map that executes an external program
RewriteMap users prg:x:\path\usersprg.js

#Create a lock object for RewriteMap program (optional)
RewriteLock usersprg

#The main rule that replaces the username with the user id
RewriteRule ^/([^/]+)/?$ /index.csp?id=${users:$1|0} [L,QSA]

External program script:

// Database lookup function
function Lookup( key )
   var rs = WScript.CreateObject( "ADODB.Recordset" );
   var query = "SELECT ID FROM USERS WHERE USERNAME = '" + key + "'";
   var connstring = "DSN=db_name; UID=db_username ; PWD=password";

   rs.Open( query, connstring );

   if( rs.EOF )return "";
   return rs( "ID" );

//Main I/O loop -- Keep it this simple!
while ( !WScript.StdIn.AtEndOfStream )
   var key = WScript.StdIn.ReadLine();
      var value = Lookup( key );
      value = "error";
   WScript.StdOut.WriteLine( value );
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