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Issue 9.3

COLUMN

Welcome to Web Apps

An Introduction to Web Applications

Issue: 9.3 (March/April 2011)
Author Bio: Paul Lefebvre has been using REAL Studio for nine years. His company, LogicalVue Software, specializes in creating database applications using REAL Studio. Paul also runs the RBDevZone community site and is a founding member of the Association of REALbasic Professionals.
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Welcome to the new column about REAL Studio Web Edition. In this column, I will focus on topics that are specific to creating web applications with REAL Studio.

REAL Studio Updates

REAL Studio 2010 Release 5.1 shipped in January 2011 and had several fixes for building web applications. One of the big fixes was for the 100% CPU utilization on Linux, so it should switch to it immediately if you are creating web applications.

I've successfully deployed REAL Studio web applications on FastCGI using a variety of web servers (all with Apache) running on Mac OS X, CentOS Linux, and Debian Linux. But it appears this may not be necessary any longer. REAL Software recently announced on their blog that they will be removing the FastCGI build option in favor of a new CGI option that should be much easier to deploy. This new option is expected to appear in REAL Studio 2011 Release 1 and will make use of a middle-layer application that connects to your web server via CGI and routes requests to your web applications.

Since this new deployment option was not yet available for testing by the time this column was submitted, I don't have much more to say about it. Although I have been able to get FastCGI working on every web server I have tried, it hasn't always been easy. I look forward to a simpler deployment method. If you are interested in testing out CGI web applications, I suggest you join the REAL Studio beta program.

What is a Web Application?

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