Thursday, September 24, 2015

Will the real web server please stand up?

The duck test – "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck"

Several years back I did an article about setting up a web server. One person commented to the affect that it was not a real web server (paraphrasing) since it was not part of some big server entity like Amazon. Which i responded the user not are how it was done. Then there were retorts about how you had to have this and that. Finally another reader suggested he used an old 486 computer and how he ran a web server and it it handled quite a bit of traffic similar to a commercial web server. Did not hear anymore from the dissenter.

So if you see a web page in your browser, does it matter where or how it comes from. If I told you that the picture above was generated from a web server that was using a legacy Pentium one computer would it really matter? 

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