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Middleware Options

As I said earlier, middleware is software that handles most, if not all, business logic in a Web application. Over the past 10 years, as the Web has matured, dozens of different middleware options have appeared.

Most middleware options have a lot in common. For example, most of them interact with relational databases; they can process complex requests from Web browsers and can write files to and read files from a file system. So which option is the best for you? Most are pretty much the same, so choosing an option isn't just a case of features. Web developers soon discover that the most important criteria for selecting an option is its flexibility. Will this option allow them to easily access a database? Build objects to keep redundant code to a minimum? It's a lot like buying a pair of jeans: you want to go with what looks good and fits right.


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