Perl/Apache Alternative to IIS/ASP
Peter C. de Tagyos
pdetagyos at home.com
Sat Oct 13 19:31:58 CDT 2001
I am pretty new to Perl, having primarily experience with MS platforms and
products. Currently, I use IIS/ASP/COM+/SQL Server to construct e-commerce
web sites. I wish to get away from the MS solution, for a multitude of
reasons, and I am looking into how I might do this.
Replacing IIS with Apache is pretty straightforward, and using PHP or
perl_mod instead of ASP is also a pretty easy transition. However, I cannot
seem to figure out what would be the Perl equivalent of my business objects
running in COM+. Right now, the sites I develop are 3-tier, with the web
boxes running IIS/ASP, the biz boxes running objects in COM+, and the DB
server running SQL2000. This setup is nice because I can support several
web boxes with the sole biz box and DB box. From all that I have read, the
Perl alternative seems to advocate putting Apache and the Perl business
modules all on one box, with perhaps a DB hosted on another box. This
doesn't seem to be decoupled enough.
So I guess what I am really asking, is how do I build a multi-tier system
using Apache, Perl, and other open-source products? If such systems aren't
necessary, why not?
I would appreciate any advice. I have looked on several Perl websites, and
there doesn't seem to be any sort of guide or whitepaper for moving from a
MS solution to an open-source one. I think that such a document would be
very helpful- for developers interested in transitioning, and for the
pointy-haired bosses they are trying to convince. Perhaps I will write such
a thing once I figure it all out. :)
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