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LinuxWorld: Introduction to AOLserver, Part 2

Sep 24, 1999, 00:22 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Inexperienced Web developers are sometimes fooled by the simplicity of Tcl into thinking that they are restricted to developing simple Web sites. They don't realize that none of the technical challenge in developing a Web service lies in the authoring of the code for one page. The challenge is in realizing that the Web service itself is an object. The object has state, which is often stored in a relational database-management system. The object has methods (the URLs) and arguments to those methods (the inputs of the forms that target the URLs). The engineering challenges of Web development are (a) coming up with the correct data model for the object state, (b) coming up with a correct and maintainable organization of URLs, and (c) defining the semantics of each URL."

"After four years of developing in Tcl, I have discovered some things I like about the language. It is very small and simple with few syntax baroqueries. A good programmer can learn Tcl in two hours...'

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