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Guardian: Lamp Lights Up the World

Apr 25, 2003, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Bisson)

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"The release this week of Windows Server 2003 Web Server edition is putting low-cost web servers firmly on the agenda of corporate IT. Microsoft is bringing out a new product in a market that has traditionally been the home of open-source solutions. Generally rolled out under the business radar, small web servers and web applications have been assisting teams and project groups, even providing quick wins for companies that want to develop a low-cost web presence.

"The key to the explosion of small web applications is the combination of four key technologies: Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl (or PHP or Python), often known by the acronym Lamp. Originally popularised by German open-source groups, the Lamp name is now so widespread it's turning up in job descriptions for web developer roles.

"Between them, these technologies deliver everything you need to quickly produce rough and ready web applications. The Apache web server and Linux are already well known, and the MySQL relational database has been gaining visibility outside open-source circles in recent months. Add an integrated scripting language and you have a web application platform..."

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