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Porn's Lessons on the Plentiful Possibilities of Perl and PHP

Jun 19, 2010, 12:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Hobbs)

"1. Use Open Source, and Lots of It: Anything that drives costs down is a win, and open source is the best and most cost-effective tool you'll find in most cases for infrastructure. Take any given adult site and use Netcraft to query the site and see what its hosting infrastructure is. You'll probably find that it's a typical LAMP stack, and almost certainly not a Windows Server environment. And when we say LAMP, that means lots and lots of Perl.

"Find any way to reduce licensing costs, re-use components, and embrace open source for as many commodity components as possible. This doesn't mean proprietary software is "bad," it just means that when it comes to providing infrastructure for successful and robust websites, open source rules the roost. One favorite is the Catalyst Web Framework, which is easy to use and extend, and runs on pretty much any operating system and any major Web server. This framework got a boost when adult site YouPorn went looking to hire developers familiar with Catalyst and DBIC. Catalyst also handles the more family-friendly BBC iPlayer site that gets something like 9 million page views daily. If it can handle that, it can handle your site just as easily."

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