[aida] [Seaside] Swazoo as reverse proxy?

Janko Mivšek janko.mivsek at eranova.si
Fri Feb 8 20:28:42 CET 2008

Lukas Renggli wrote:
>> So, what do you think? Is it a good idea, do you see any obstacles?

> In my opinion Smalltalk is not competitive when it comes to
> reading/writing bytes from/to pipes, sockets and files. There are
> other systems that can handle that much more efficiently.

Swazoo is not there to compete with Apache, but to help our web 
frameworks to easier compete with other frameworks. As we are proud on 
Smalltalk as a simple dev.environment yet able to cope with most complex 
problems, let be proud for our web stuff too, and here the Swazoo's role 
is to preserve that simplicity. Namely, simplicity is one of biggest 
reasons why we are competitive to others.

But let me repeat, not for everything, because after Swazoo stops to be 
performant enough, you can always switch to Apache. So, you start simple 
with Swazoo and have an open path to the most demanding web serving with 
Apache or other web servers.

Apache is more performant, no doubt, and will always be, but that's not 
the point, the point is that for most of our web server needs Swazoo is 
just good enough, but much simpler for Smalltalkers to use than Apache.


Janko Mivšek
Smalltalk Web Application Server

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