State Maintaining WebServers (Re: database-driven html pages

> Do any of these database-driven approaches avoid the expense of reconnecting
> to the database for every request?  Since cgi programs are all new processes
> and the netscape server chooses from a pool of existing processes, how do
> vendors make this happen?  You _could_ customize the cern/W3 server, since
> the source code is available, but I have doubts that many commercial sites
> are using the w3 server. 

If you're running your web server on a UNIX box, you can use Perl CGI module, 
MiniSvr, to maintain state. Take a look at http://www-genome.wi.mit.edu/WWW/too
ls/scripting/CGIperl/ for more info.