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From Joshua Chamas <jos...@chamas.com>
Subject Next Big Apache::ASP Feature?
Date Wed, 11 Jul 2001 18:30:22 GMT
Hey,

I'm looking for what the next big Apache::ASP feature 
should be, and would like to hear your input.  Here's
some ideas:

 * Caching layer, to cache things like XSLT tranformations
   or scripts/includes that take a long time to process
   because of things like database overhead.

   One might be able to do things like 
     $Self->Cache(Key => $Request->Form, Expires => 3600);
     $Response->Cache(); # in case we don't do new $Self object
     $Response->CacheInclude(Key => $Request->QueryString, 
        Expires => 60, File => 'file.inc')
     PerlSetVar XSLTCachePeriod 3600

   The Key data would be serialized, via Data::Dumper, 
   and then checksummed with the script filename for a cache
   lookup.  The cache would be an on disk cache using 
   MLDBM::Sync backed with ones choice of MLDBM::Sync::SDBM_File, 
   DB_File, or GDBM_File for speedy storage and retrieval.

  * OO model per script/include... each script or include
    might have a reference to $Self, with members like
    $Self->{Filename}, and a method call like 
    $Self->header() would first try to execute a 
    sub header() defined in the local script, and then
    would try to execute a header() defined in the global.asa
    or GlobalPackage.  This framework would fit neatly with 
    calls like $Self->Cache described above.

  * $Session & $Application stored in the database.  In case
    Apache::Session is not good enough, this would store 
    state in databases, and also enable things like Session
    garbage collection & events like Session_OnEnd.

  * VBScript support.  Ime already has something started here.
    This would provide a VBScript->perl emulator, and would 
    allow for easier ports to Apache::ASP, though not perfect
    as I think writing a perfect VBScript emulator might be
    near impossible for this kind of project.

Any thoughts?  Note the timeframe for first prototype of 
this next feature is likely around August.

-- Josh
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Joshua Chamas                           Chamas Enterprises Inc.
NodeWorks <- Web Link Checking          Huntington Beach, CA  USA 
http://www.nodeworks.com                1-714-625-4051

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