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Why CGI?

Manjunath Subramanian
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
Posts: 236
Hello All,
When javaranch is exclusively for learning java and
spreading the "goodness" of java , why is JavaRanch built
on top of CGI? Why not Servlets or JSP?
That ,Seems strange to me
[This message has been edited by Manjunath Subramanian (edited August 18, 2001).]
[This message has been edited by Manjunath Subramanian (edited August 18, 2001).]
Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 9059
The Ultimate Bulletin Board (UBB), which is the software used in the forums, is written in Perl and uses cgi. The rest of the site uses jsp and other Java stuff.

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David Weitzman
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Joined: Jul 27, 2001
Posts: 1365
Every language has its use -- particularly if you can buy/download a production quality forum without much effort.
I happen to think Perl is a very hip and useful language. Everyone should learn a little Perl, though of course nobody can learn all of it. I bet Larry Wall (Perl's creater) doesn't even know all of it.
[This message has been edited by David Garland (edited August 19, 2001).]
Marcus Green
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Joined: Sep 14, 1999
Posts: 2813
There is very little Serverside Java Forum software available at the moment, and the best of what exists is in a fairly early stage of development. For example, the main contender would probably be Jive and it is only on version 2. Excellent though it is it needs a little more maturing. The other issue is that learning and converting to a new system is a huge task. The people behind JavaRanch have spent several years learning UBBS and probably won't be switching in an enormous hurry...

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