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Re^4: More than mod_cgi less than mod_perl.

by Hero Zzyzzx (Curate)
on Jun 07, 2005 at 15:19 UTC ( #464337=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: More than mod_cgi less than mod_perl.
in thread More than mod_cgi less than mod_perl.

I wouldn't say that FastCGI is dead. Stable, yes. Dead, no. It's been working beautifully on my Debian boxes for years, and is still supported in the new Sarge that was just released. I believe the burgeoning Ruby on Rails community is picking it up, too, as one of the persistent mechanisms of choice. It just works, and darn well I might add.

One particularly thorny problem it helped me solve recently- I provide "boutique" hosting services for a rather large perl-based CMS that's under heavy development. I have clients that are on the stable branch and are happy where they are at, and clients that want to run the development "bleeding edge" branch. mod_perl makes this difficult because of namespace clashes, while with FastCGI I can run multiple long-running "instance scripts" and everything just works. And nicely, too.

You do lose the direct integration with the Apache API (I love mod_perl), but FastCGI is a very nice alternative persistent environment that's language independent.

-Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from doubletalk.

My Biz


Comment on Re^4: More than mod_cgi less than mod_perl.
Re^5: More than mod_cgi less than mod_perl.
by smullis (Pilgrim) on Jun 08, 2005 at 08:54 UTC

    Yes - That's absolutely right....

    FastCGI and lighttpd makes for a very good hosting environment for Rails apps (PHP apps too).

    lighttpd seems to be becoming the preferred choice for PHP and the wonderful Ruby (see here)

    Now, if only lighttpd supported mod_perl....


    Cheers

    SM

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