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Linux.com: Unix Web Application Architectures - Part 1: Intro and Basic Approaches

Sep 04, 2000, 14:09 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In this series I discuss various aspects of writing web applications in Unix. By a web application I mean a piece of software that is used with an ordinary browser, without client side Java or other major extensions. The reader is expected to have a basic understanding of the building blocks of web applications, such as HTML, JavaScript, HTTP and CGI. The focus is on problems that emerge when the application gets big enough, that the most simple-minded approaches become insufficient. Issues related to building web sites in general, such as maintaining static HTML pages, aren't considered."

"The reader shouldn't expect this to be an unbiased or comprehensive discussion on the subject. Rather, this can be seen as an essay about the lessons I have learned when writing custom web applications for fun and for money. Because I use Linux as my platform, only the technologies available on Linux are considered. However, everything said should be applicable to other Unix variants. I mention Apache a lot of times throughout the text as an example of a HTTP server. This is simply because I use it, many others use it, and it's a fine example of a general purpose web server. I'll use terms "web server" and "HTTP server" pretty much interchangeably."

"This document might be useful for someone who writes or is going to write a web application, and wants to get an overview of many possible approaches."

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