Linux Journal: Web Servers and Dynamic Content

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jan 20, 2001


"Therefore, because of the existing code base and the existence of dynamic content that has to be generated by some algorithms that cannot be efficiently implemented in scripting languages, there is a definite need for developing programs that use the CGI, written in a traditional language like C or Fortran and compiled down to native code."

" ... The greatest deterrent to writing web programs in these legacy languages, and probably the greatest driver behind the development of Perl and PHP, has been the difficulty and security risks involved in developing applications that have the smarts and know-how to parse and avoid hacker attacks when data is passed to them from the web browser using only environment variables and the standard input stream." Therefore, because of the existing code base and the existence of dynamic content that has to be generated by some algorithms that cannot be efficiently implemented in scripting languages, there is a definite need for developing programs that use the CGI, written in a traditional language like C or Fortran and compiled down to native code.

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