• Subject: Re: CGI program in JAVA
  • From: "Brad Grier" <grier@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 13:11:13 -0500

The text below is from an article on Servlets that appeared on CNET. From my
own experience, I agree with all of the points except (when it comes to the
AS/400) the memory management issue.  The last item regarding ease-of-use
could be re-written to include RPG.

Brad Grier
http://www.tconl.com/~grier



"Servlets can also replace less-efficient CGI approaches to common tasks
such as forms processing. In fact, servlets are superior to CGI in almost
every way. Compared to CGI applications, servlets are:

-far more efficient because they're only loaded once instead of each time
they're executed

-much safer because Java's superb memory management makes the dreaded CGI
"memory leak" a thing of the past

-cross-platform because Java really does run anywhere when it's on the
server

-arguably easier to write, at least once you've mastered Java, because of
the superior tools, the Sun API, and the greater readability of Java code
when compared to the more esoteric Perl and Tcl, for example. "



----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Teff <jteff19@idt.net>
To: <JAVA400-L@midrange.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 1999 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: CGI program in JAVA


> >1. Servlets are available on version 4.3 and are superior to cgi.
> >2. Net.data was improved and for tactic solution it can be fine. Yet,
> >not net.data nor cgi are considered modern "big" solution.
>
> I would have to disagree that cgi is somehow considered undesirable
> because it is "old". Java holds alot of promise, but is not the only game
> in town. Nor, do I think it will be the only game in town. There are many
> shops with RPG programmers that can develop web pages with CGI
> that satisfy all of thier needs.
>
> I am not debating whether Java is good or bad, nor am I saying that
> Java should be ignored. Quite the opposite as I am in the process of
> learning Java myself. I just get excited when I see things dismissed as
> being antiquated because it's not the new, cool thing. After all, that
> same argument has been used to write obituaries about the AS/400.
>
> Now, if you would like to explain why you feel servlets are superior to
> CGI I'm eager to listen. Please be specific. Just because it's Java is
> not enough. The fact that it can be run "other" platforms is very
> important to some, but not to everybody.
>
> Joe Teff
>
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