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Byte.com: Component Software: The Next Generation

Nov 13, 2000, 07:56 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

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"At least this much is clear, though. Forget about .NET for the moment. The language neutrality that already exists in the Microsoft space is something that the Linux and open source worlds could really use. Sure, we have -- for example -- mod_perl and mod_python for Apache. But a great deal of effort was invested in making these things available. In the case of mod_perl, extraordinary and heroic measures were needed on Doug MacEachern's part to make this amazing piece of software.As a result, mod_perl is rather idiosyncratic."

"Heroic measures should not have been needed. Apache really ought to have, not just a request-processing API that can be bound once per programming language, but something akin to the ActiveX scripting interface that would solve the problem once for all programming languages that want to use Apache's request-processing services. (Were this the case, integration of Zope with Apache -- to take just one example -- might be considerably less the headache than it currently is.) Likewise, Perl and Python ought to plug into the other end of that same standard scripting interface on Unix/Linux, as they do on Windows thanks to the efforts of ActiveState. That would mean that not just Apache, but any scripting-interface-compliant Unix application could be used by any scripting-interface-compliant language."

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