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RE: SSI usefulness (was RE: OBJECT, inheritance, and rendering)

From: David Norris <kg9ae@geocities.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 21:11:48 -0500
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000801bdc984$643c9580$45d628cf@illusionary.dyn.ml.org>
I just thought I would point out one thing to everyone.  (I have replied
privately to several folks, since this thread is loosely on-topic.)
Server-side processing is not limited to SSI, CSI, or XSSI.  Those are poor,
hackish methods of server-side processing.  There are far better approaches
to server-side processing than these methods.  All of the concerns raised
are easily overcome with smarter, well-designed, and well-maintained server
software and hardware.  What I mean by smarter, well-designed server
software is simple:  rewriting server code to suit your needs, selecting
appropriate server modules to process your scripts, and controlling every
bit you send over HTTP.  You are fooling yourself if you think that HTML
should do everything.  You must have a balance between server-side,
client-side, and other layers.  No one layer can solve all of the problems.
They all must be complimentary.

I tire of hearing, "This is all there is, so until something better comes
along..."  Make something better.  You don't have to live with "all there
is."  Take a look at projects like Apache, PHP, PERL, SWISH-E, etc.  They
are perfect examples of people making things better.

,David Norris

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