I recently got an email with a simple question “what is a server?”.. so in the most simple terms a server is just another computer just like your desktop that is networked to the “web”. I like to call it your public computer vs your private computer..and your public computer (server) can store and retrieve (serve) all kinds of documents, images, media, and information. It is running an operating system that is a variant of unix. And essentially you can connect to the remote computer and create and move files. This is very simple when it comes to publishing html pages but can get very complex quickly when scripting languages are used to manipulate data in various methods using the hardware resources of your server. In fact, search engine robots (another day :)) index pages in a very simple manner in much the way that antique browsers did like the lynx browser below.
are just packages of scripts that give the average user ways to edit and manage this content with a simple user interface. The advantages of using these systems is that you can generate custom dynamic content tools quickly by modifying the files and having a community of developers and pre-written code. The web is an ever evolving and you want your public server to be able to change with your needs.. and you want to be able to change it easily without upgrading hosting or web development companies. In order for us computer guys to keep everything up to date.. you’ve got to keep a local machine up to date with the latest stable releases of scripting languages, frameworks and apps… these tools are what i recommend.. Textmate , Tinkertool , a Terminal, and Macports
…add these (CssEdit, CS3, Navicat, Cocoa Sql, Eclipse) and that’s about all i use.
And while plugins like Pulse and Aptana for Eclipse.. setting up workspaces is cake, but you’ll never really learn to configure on your own… and I knew aptana was up to something.. it’s now $99 and i’m sure pulse will follow.
Today, i was working with Drupal 5.whatever to see if i could use it in with wildcard domains. I’ve noticed that several companies that need freelance work done are using it extensively so I picked up the most recent version and caught on to this concept quickly after looking over the packages… askimet (aka Automattic) is primarily fighting spam and looks like Acquia will be providing all kinds of $$ services for Drupal. It just comes down to personal preference and I still like wordpress because it’s familiar.. for most publishing projects add the multi-user version and BB Press with Google Apps / and or Basecamp and you’ve got something to work with? … and $7 million.. who knows what they’ll do with it.. I think they should give it away…but what do i know about venture capital?
In doing so..(upgrading my local version of Drupal) i ended up working on my php install for quite some time… it was about time to upgrade
and this is what i’ve found is a good way to do it..
it’s a prebuilt package..from Mark Liyanage
And..this is a great post from Red Artisian and they recently included the performance benchmarks of core image
And.. of note if you upgraded your rails to 2.0 sqlite3 is now the default database as this is standard in the leopard install
ps…I would like to thank santa clause for my new reads.
and I would also like to thank The Pragmatic Bookshelf for my updated versions.
which has certainly helped with this..