Web Development

By eWeek Editors  |  Posted 2002-07-08 Print this article Print

Web Development

For companies wondering whether open source is a good fit in their Web infrastructure, there is no doubt. Open-source applications are the core of many companies Web applications. Chances are, if your company isnt already using a good deal of open source in its Web architecture, a good many of your competitors and business partners are.

In many ways, Apache is a poster child for open source. Apache is the most-used Web server on the Internet and is well-respected for its flexibility, scalability and (despite the recent discovery of a security hole) excellent security record. Apache is also the default Web server in most Linux and Unix systems, including Mac OS X.

While Apache gets the lions share of the attention, there are many other open-source Web servers. These include Roxen Internet Softwares Roxen, Red Hat Inc.s Red Hat Content Accelerator, Itamax Corp.s Xitami and the World Wide Web Consortiums Jigsaw.

On the Web development side, there is a similar amount of options and a similar success story, in this case Larry Walls Perl. Perl actually predates the Web and was built to be a highly portable language ideal for many simple tasks. Developers found it handy for scripting pages and handling tasks such as database access. Despite many challengers, Perl is still heavily used on the Web today.

The list of other open-source development languages and scripting languages for building Web applications is too long to list in entirety. Among the many options in this area are PHP, Python, Tcl and Pike.

Web application development doesnt stop on the language side. Some of the most popular application servers are also open source. These include Tomcat and Jboss on the Java server side and the Python-based Zope application server. —Jim Rapoza


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