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Re^2: Image Hosting Application

by Seumas (Curate)
on Jul 20, 2004 at 17:10 UTC ( #376023=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to •Re: Image Hosting Application
in thread Image Hosting Application

I've not used mod_perl in an application yet - though I understand it. This is mostly due to the fact that the main service I run on my site is based on code I wrote awhile back that I am not positive would run without consistancy problems mucking everything up. I suppose a simple image-hosting script could be devised well enough to take the mod_perl plunge.

And yes, I do code with use strict; use warnings; use diagnostics; on.

I've wanted to move to mod_perl for two years now, but am apprehensive as it's a major change and the only solid way to know your code will perform reliably in a mod_perl situation is to test it with a lot of active users, which I don't have a way of doing short of putting it on the production server and crossing my fingers. :)


Comment on Re^2: Image Hosting Application
•Re^3: Image Hosting Application
by merlyn (Sage) on Jul 20, 2004 at 17:12 UTC
    Using mod_perl for an authz handler is independent of whatever old code you have at the mod_cgi level during the content phase. Feel free to migrate at your desired speed.

    However, the larger question is, how are you expected to do development when you don't have a valid test system including a load generator? I'd solve that problem first before worrying about a new bunch of code.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
    Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

      I have a simple set of testing systems replicating only the software environment. The real testing system is coming along slowly. The server was a $5,000 piece of hardware I built from scratch and I clearly didn't have another $5,000 to duplicate the same thing. Two years later, I do have the few hundred bucks it now costs - but am having one hell of a time locating the same 3Ware RAID card I used. I fell asleep and missed the one I was bidding on at eBay!

      As for a load generator (which is the real requirement here)... Coming up with a simple load generator is pretty simple (the one that comes with apache - or siege for that matter) - but one that will mimic the complex activity of thousands of people bidding, buying, selling, posting items, posting messages, replying, editing images, uploading things and registering accounts is a major task.

      I acknowledge that for a web developer or other professional, these things would be terribly simple to accomplish, but I'm not a web designer, web developer or programmer. I just happen to have been writing in perl for a few years and just happened to have began my exploration of the language through the building of a test auction site - which blew up in my face when thousands of people began using it.

      Almost six years later, I find myself with thousands and thousands of members, thousands of auctions every day and a large need/demand for improvements yet still only my feeble brain and limited experience and knowledge to work with in the few after-work hours that I have free.

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