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From "Roy T. Fielding" <field...@avron.ICS.UCI.EDU>
Subject ISAPI "standard"
Date Sat, 09 Dec 1995 03:47:32 GMT
In case anyone is just dying for yet-another-thing-to-do:

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 Process Software announces ISAPI standard

Process Software Corp., Framingham, Mass., announced a standard called the  
Internet Server Application Programming Interface (ISAPI) for add-ons to Web  
servers, and said it's already shipping with the company's Purveyor  
WebServers. A version of the program was also released for the Digital  
Equipment Corp. OpenVMS platform, which includes a TCP/IP stack making those  
computers Web-friendly.

ISAPI was developed via a collaboration with Microsoft Corp., and other Web  
vendors. Lee Levitt, manager of business development for Process, told  
Interactive Age Daily all the major Web server players, with one exception,  
either have endorsed it already or will endorse it soon. "Netscape will be the  
main hold-out, and they seem bent on creating their own standards, whether  
it's HTML, security, or application interfaces," he said.

What's the standard mean, then? For people who are running WebServers, it  
basically allows them two things -- it allows a broad number of applications  
that will be plug and play compatible with their Web Server to be created --  
whether it's Purveyor, the coming Microsoft Web Server, or others endorsing  
the platform. The second thing is it allows the Webmaster to write his own  
application to the ISAPI specification and get significantly greater  
performance than with Common Gateway Interface (CGI)" scripts.

The ISAPI specifications are available on Process' Web homepage at   
http://www.process.com/news/spec.htp . 


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