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Chapter 28. Programming CGI Scripts > The Future of CGI Scripting

The Future of CGI Scripting

The tips, techniques, examples, and advice in this book will enable you to create your own scripts immediately. You should be aware, however, that the server-side programming world is in a constant state of change, more so perhaps than most of the computer world. Fortunately, most servers will stay compatible with existing standards, so you won't have to worry about your scripts not working. Here's a peek at other CGI-like options available for programming interactive sites. None of these will ever eliminate the need for CGI, but they do provide other alternatives that might work better for you based on your hardware configuration, your server software, and your programming background.

FastCGI

FastCGI, created by Open Market Inc., extends the capabilities of CGI while removing the overhead associated with executing CGI scripts. Much like CGI, FastCGI is a non-proprietary system in which scripts run continuously in the background, handling requests as needed.


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