RE: Real stuff
Hi Matt, Matt said: However, Didier, I had breakfast with you last Sunday - how can you not know about AxKit! Its a perfect architecture for a news type site, where you don't actually have any dynamic content on each page - its all static (albeit regularly updated). Actually your Ads are dynamic, but we can take care of that with a trivial output filter. AxKit will run at about 60-80% of the speed of a raw Apache server, so with the right setup you can serve many millions of page views a day from it. And its not offline transformation. Its just cached. (sorry if this sounds a bit like a plug, but at least I'm not selling anything, unless you want tech support or consultation) Didier replies: Matt, since the breakfast and your excellent presentation (at XML devcon 2000), AxKit made a blip on my radar. I went several times to your site to learn more about AxKit. Off course, I am already counting your server as a server able to serve XML documents. And I really appreciated your presentation about the open source servers. It greatly helped to sort out things. However, there is one thing I didn't understood yet: it is how AxKit can handle dynamically created XML content. I noticed that your site responds to an XML request like, for instance, with the following link: http://axkit.com/news/2000/10/02/01.xml. I understand well that any static XML document is cached (no needs to transform it every time off course) but I could not find what the server is doing for dynamically created XML documents. Also, when you say "regularly updated" does this means that there is a daemon scheduled to transform the XML documents in batch (at preset time)? Or is it that when an XML document is called and the disk version is not newer than the cache version we get the cache, otherwise the document is transformed, stored in the cache and then provided to the client. PS: There is nothing wrong to sell a product. Everybody has to make a decent living. So, no problem if AxKit is a product and no problem at all even if it where a closed source product. What's really count is the craftsmanship behind it and how well it help us do our job. Like an old Japanese sword master told me "when you pay a fair price for my swords you just reward all the love, attention, years of learning my craftsmanship and my ancestor heritage. You do not buy a sword, you buy a piece of my life. YOu do not buy a sword, you buy knowledge that took the shape of a sword". cheers Didier PH Martin
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