Wednesday May 24, 2006

PHP article highlighted

This is kinda cool. The PHP article I wrote about writing (How meta is that?) has been featured on www.sun.com. Nifty!

Monday May 22, 2006

Pattern matching in Web Server 7

One of the new features in Web Server 7 is extensive pattern matching throughout the obj.conf file. I'm really excited by this feature and can't wait to start using it. Chris posted a blog about this feature earlier today. Cool stuff.

Friday May 19, 2006

Aborting common security 'bot requests in Web Server 6.1

An untidy errors log makes me grumpy. An errors log filled with thousands of 404s from robots trying to find common CGIs (or other apps) that they can hijack really annoys me. So similar to how I block requests for direct-linked images, I also simply abort requests that hit common Bad URIs.

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Automated installation of Web Server 7

Fintan has a spiffy blog describing how the guys in the performance team go about automating the installation of Web Server 7.[Read More]

Blocking external image linking with Web Server 6 and 6.1

A few years ago I noticed that I was spending a huge amount of bandwidth on particular images in my URI space. Some investigation through the Referer fields showed me that the images were being embedded on a popular sports forum, and every time a thread was displayed my server server had to spend energy and bandwidth providing the images. Naturally this really annoyed me.

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Friday May 12, 2006

Who supports who? PHP and Web Server.

A criticism that we often get for our web server is that it “does not support PHP, but Apache does.” This has made me spend a lot of time explaining that Apache does not support PHP, but that PHP supports Apache and many other web servers (including ours) via native APIs (MOD, NSAPI, ISAPI, etc) in addition to more generic APIs (CGI, FastCGI, etc)[Read More]

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