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Subject Re: Thoughts on filter-chain composition
Date Thu, 14 Sep 2000 14:02:00 GMT

One more quick point about all this that you
guys seem to keep missing...

One of the most severe limitations of a dynamic data
processing concept like CGI is that it's always a 
'one shot deal'. Sure... you can write CGI that actually
calls back into the parent server and re-creates its
own multi-pass calls into the same CGI... but that's
a pain in the ass and a performance problem.

The NEAT thing about a filtering scheme that's built into
the same Server handling the request is that you NOW
have the chance to get around the limitations of CGI.

To force the filtering scheme itself into a 'black box'
situation that is no different from writing CGI code 
when, with filtering, the inbound and outbound data is all in 
the same process memory space and can be 'seen' by multiple
cooperating ( and integrated ) work filters is just a darn shame.

Black Box ( and even config-only static setup ) will get you working 
and released... but don't  miss the opportunity NOW to make it all 
really cool and flexible LATER.

Kevin Kiley
CTO, Remote Communications, Inc. - Online Internet Content Compression Server

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