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Jigsaw and Jeeves

From: Brian Millett <bpm@techapp.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 09:07:17 -0500
To: "Bill Woods" <bwoods@ccsmtp.memc.com>
Cc: www-jigsaw@w3.org
Message-ID: <19970415140717.AAA6488@vlad.techapp.com>
Bill Woods writes:
 |     Anslem,
 |     I don't know if this has been asked before but how would you compare
 |     Jigsaw and Jeeves (Suns Java based web server)?

Well, let me tell you of a conversation I had at the Java ONE
conference.  I attended the session on "Programming the Java Servlet
API", speaker Satish Dharmaraj (Sun Microsystems).  At the end I ask
the question of "What are the technical differences between Jigsaw &
Java Server?  Why one or the other?"  The response was a bit terse.
He stated that Java Server was faster, better support, more wide
spread, more accepted.  When pressed to give some technical reasons,
he restated the above.  I went to Sun's booth to talk to him about
it.  He showed me the GUI front end to the Server.  It is nice.  But I
again asked what the differences were.  He then stated that ANY thing
that you can do in Jigsaw, you can do in the Java Server.  Ok, do you
support HTTP 1.1?  "NO".  Ok, how do you handle multipart mime
messages?  Do you have a multipart buffered output stream?  "We do not
handle multipart mime".  Good bye.

There is a lot of marketing fluff being served by Sun about their
server.  It might be faster, but there is less to handle if it only
supports HTTP 1.0.

My experience on writing new resources to handle CGI directories,
extend SSI to be compatible with the "exec cgi" directive, to modify
the Postable Resource to handle multipart mime, etc has proven to me
that Jigsaw is a "better" tool to use than Java Server (Jeeves).
Better is defined to mean "I can use it to solve problems, rather than
to modify the problem to fit the tool".

Also, Anselm does a great job of support for bugs and provides
solutions to problems.

Just my two cents :-)

Brian Millett                    
Technology Applications Inc.     "Heaven can not exist,
(314) 530-1981                          If the family is not eternal"
bpm@techapp.com                   F. Ballard Washburn
Received on Tuesday, 15 April 1997 10:02:16 UTC

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