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ASP on Apache
Does anyone know of a free alternative to Chillisoft

 9:45 am on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Does anyone know of a free alternative to Chillisoft, if one exists?

I've looked at Apache::ASP, but that is unsuitable as it only runs perl/cgi-script written applications.

Chillisoft is the preference, but the price tag is off-putting!




 11:36 am on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I haven't heard of a free/open source alternative to Chilisoft (now called Sun ONE. I'd be very interested in finding one as well. I did find another program called iTools which will run ASP on Apache, but it was more expensive than Chilisoft.

I'm hoping to run my ASP application over a MAC OSX server if I can get a good way to run ASP over the FreeBSD kernel.


 1:02 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

This one works well for conversions.



 2:33 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

That program helps rewrite the ASP code into PHP. We don't want that. We want to run our ASP code on a UNIX box. We like ASP code. We've invested thousands of man hours into our ASP code.


 2:47 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I've heard that the ASP to PHP conversion programme is not the best and is flaky a lot of the time. Also, a lot of what is written in ASP may not be possible to convert to PHP... although I will say that I know very little about PHP! :)

I've been trawling the web and still have no answers!


 2:56 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

I just had to move 50 asp sites to a unix box and couldn't find a decent solution for running asp, so I just converted them to PHP.

I did have to rewrite some code, but I believe that it is the best long term solution. PHP and apache are very good friends.


 3:13 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

Probably. I'm looking into learning PHP and convert my existing ASP files. I'd rather not, but if it needs to be in PhP, so be it.


 3:40 pm on Sep 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

PHP is like Perl, isn't it? I've never looked into it, maybe now is the time!


 5:53 pm on Sep 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

PHP is like Perl, isn't it?

It's enough like Perl that it was easy to learn already knowing Perl, and enough different that on days like today when I program Perl in the morning and PHP when I go home, I get confused and write foolish things that fail to parse ;)

The big differences I notice are that (1)PHP is actually less strongly typed than Perl. $foo might be a scalar, an array, or a hash. It might even be both an array and a hash at the same time. I waffle on whether I think this is a feature or a bug. (2) I cant say "$foo =~ s/a/b/isg;" in PHP, I have to say "preg_replace('a','b',$foo);". I like the Perl way better here. (3) Function declaration and parameter passing are a bit different. I am more comfortable with the PHP way here, but ymmv. (4) I think the Perl DBI probably gives better database-independence than PHP, but I've never actually tried to port something written in either of them from one database to another.


 12:19 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

You can enable ASP on Apache using [opensa.org....]
Thing is with Apache a file can either be parsed for #Include statements or a file can be parsed as ASP code but not both. If anyone can prove me wrong I would love to hear about it because of the time invested in my ASP code I don't want to convert to PHP just so I can use apache.


 11:41 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

I looked at opensa.org and while it does claim to be able to support ASP, no where in the docs does it say how, and what the differences are.

I wouldn't trust it without this information.


 6:56 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

The only alternative I know of is to buy chilisoft then. I agree with you about the trust issue. That's why they has the source code avalable. Maybe it's just me but when I downloaded the source I couldn't find the mod_asp.so source in the package.

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