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Wow, why do they bother /wasting/ so much resources on building their own server when there are such good alternatives around?

  • wil

I don’t think they exactly replicated freely available services; I think they created them before a lot of the free alternatives became as robust as they are now. And I’d heard the same thing–AOLserver is apparently a solid piece of software. Hate AOL as much as you want, they handle a friggin’ load of traffic.

Here’s an article on OpenACS that also covers AOLserver:

Here’s the AOLServer relevant excerpt:

“When folks see the “AOL” in AOLserver, the first reaction most have is “AOL SUCKS!” I’ll reserve judgment on the average AOL user, but the technology that lives behind the AOL service is astounding, handling billions of user requests each day. AOLserver, one of the web server technologies AOL uses, has a long history (internet-wise) dating back to 1995, having many features then that Apache 2 has only recently re-implemented, such as multithreading (for better use of system resources), pooled database connections (saving on setup and tear down for connecting to the database, a pretty slow process), and an embedded scripting language. AOLserver embeds Tcl (the Tool Control Language) and provides a powerful API that supports web systems. Several high-traffic AOL properties such as Digital City and MapQuest are based on AOLserver.”

Hey Jeff,

I don’t suppose there’s any chance of you guys offering PostgreSQL any time in the very near future, is there?

The reason I ask is that the art gallery where I now have my day job is fed up with their crappy web host and would like to take their business elsewhere (well, to be more precise, I’m fed up with their crappy web host and would like to take their business elsewhere), but the database I’ve spent the past 5 months working on is currently in PostgreSQL and I don’t want to have to transfer it yet again onto a different database platform. The FMP-PostgreSQL move was quite enough.

I’d love to be able to send them to DH, but for that to happen I’d need PostgreSQL. Any chance?



I don’t think we have plans to offer PostgreSQL anytime soon, unfortunately. There’s been fairly limited demand for this so far, and getting it setup to work properly with our system would probably involve quite a bit of work – and I believe that PostgreSQL requires a lot more ongoing tuning than MySQL, which is extra-tricky when you’re dealing with shared database instances.

I’m not an expert on this stuff - I’ll see if someone else wants to comment.