UK-based company Apache Services have announced details of
their port of Apache for PalmOS, ApachePDA.
Currently in the early alpha stages of development, ApachePDA
runs on any Palm device running PalmOS 3.0 (or greater) with
2 megabytes of memory or more, and a Palm modem. With the
availability of devices such as Palm Computing's
internet-ready PalmVII, this new setup is ideal for
low-volume web-casting where mobility is an issue.
ApachePDA is able to serve pages over the internet via a
standard Palm modem or through the IR port with another
suitable IR device, such as a laptop or IrDA capable mobile
phone such as Ericsson's new T28.
Some performance and functionality has been compromised to
ensure ApachePDA will fit in the smallest amount of Palm RAM.
Therefore a number of modules and features have been removed.
Lack of CGI support means no server-side processing is
possible, although simple forms can be used to send email
through the Palm's mail client. Integration with Palm
applications such as Address Book and Date Book mean that the
contents of the device (although not the items flagged as
'private') can be accessed and modified via a simple web
ApachePDA makes extensive use of existing Palm applications
to keep memory usage to a minimum. Web pages are stored in
the Memo Pad which means they can be edited either on the
device itself or in Palm Desktop. By default, ApachePDA
expects to find an 'htdocs' category in the Memo Pad, and
each memo should be an HTML file. The first line of the entry
is considered to be the filename.
Server activity logging is kept to a minimum and by default,
log files are removed from the device after two hours. This
period is configurable provided there is enough space on the
device and because log files are stored as Memo Pad entries,
they are transferred from the device to the user's PC and
deleted whenever a HotSync operation takes place.
Simple configuration and server management is possible on the
device itself, but for those who shudder at the thought of
using the stylus and Graffiti to edit httpd.conf files, more
comprehensive configuration changes can be made on the PC and
changes are implemented at the next HotSync.
The project is released under the Apache license and
screenshots are available from the ApachePDA
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Release: 1.3.12 (Released 25th February
Alpha: 2.0a1 (Released 10th March 2000) (local download
Apache 1.3.12 is the current stable release. Users of Apache
1.3.11 and earlier on Unix and Windows systems should upgrade
to this version. Read the Guide
to 1.3.12, the Guide
to 1.3.11 for information about changes between 1.3.9 and
1.3.11 and the Guide to
1.3.9 for information about changes between 1.3.6 and
The next alpha release of Apache 2.0 is likely to be made
available this week. This alpha has a number of additions and
fixes since the first alpha released during ApacheCon 2000
but should still not be considered even beta-quality code.
Over the last few months LinuxPlanet has run a series of
features about Apache.
"Security and Apache: An Essential Primer" takes a
comprehensive look at protecting your documents with access
"Using suexec with Apache on Linux" looks at the way CGI
scripts can be run as other users using the bundled suexec
program. Finally, the PHP scripting language is examined in
"Adding PHP to Apache on Linux".
Each year the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
awards a number of projects for outstanding technical and
professional achievements. The Apache web server has won the
1999 ACM Software System Award which carries a prize of
US$10,000. This award is for developing a software system
that has had a lasting influence. Previous award
winners have included PostScript, The World-Wide Web,
NCSA Mosaic, and Unix.
The Java Apache Project's JServ servlet engine was selected
1999 JavaWorld Readers' Choice Awards Best Free Product.
According to the article, the most dramatic improvement for
JServ during 1999 was speed, with an impressive 200 percent
performance boost between versions 1.0 and 1.1.
You know you must be doing something right when
cartoons start to mention you. Next stop, Dilbert.
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