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RE: 2nd try: General questions about Jigsaw

From: Brenda Hinkemeyer <BHinkem@bankerssystems.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 10:05:38 -0600
Message-ID: <5442030894BAD111AA2900805FBECF51028C1688@NTEXCHG1>
To: Marcel Maré <mjmare@saca.amsterdam.nl>, www-jigsaw@w3.org
On Wednesday, March 24, 1999 7:22 AM, Marcel Maré
[SMTP:mjmare@saca.amsterdam.nl] wrote:
>

Note that the following answers are MY OPINION, based on
MY EXPERIENCES. :)

> 1. Is Jigsaw a "real" webserver, iow can it be used in production
> environment? Or is it experimental?

Yes, it's real.

> 2. How many people are using it? How many ISPs?

Don't know.  
My company has been using it as part of our shipping application
(the server part) for over 2 years now.  HOWEVER, we are still on 
the 1.x version (I haven't had time to port to 2.0 architecture).  
We are primarily using it for cheap and easy client/server 
communication as well as platform independence, and intra/internet
functionality, although we currently only sell on NT.

> 3. What would be the benefits of using Jigsaw over Apache/Jserv?
> Performance?  

Jigsaw is the only true object-oriented web server.  
The only issue with performance that I have had to
wrestle with are the tuning parameters 
(w3c.jigsaw.http.socket.SocketConnectionProp).  I had to
look through the code to figure out how to tune it.  
MY PARTICULAR APPLICATION was hurt tremendously whenever
Jigsaw went into High load mode (it has Light, Normal,
High and Dead) and started doing thread prioritization.
This was due to the prioritization that the application
itself was doing.  Jigsaw's prioritization caused my
application to swap continuously by changing the context
that it was working in, inadvertently.  I had to figure
out how to prevent it from ever going into that mode. 
All is well now, but I still don't completely understand
the relationships between the various tuning parameters,
and I never got my question answered on the mailing list,
either.

> 4. I saw support for compiled pages (jthml), but that is an older
> technology. Any Java Server Pages support?

There is information on this in the archives.

> 5. How hard/easy is it to make an application server out of Jigsaw?
> 

Very easy.  The base functionality that we got from 
the jigsaw Resource and FileResource classes, allowed us 
to implement our server application much more quickly and 
with only 2 developers in 6 months.

-Brenda Hinkemeyer

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Brenda Hinkemeyer, Software Engineer, Banker's Systems, Inc.
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Received on Wednesday, 24 March 1999 11:10:28 GMT

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