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1 Other Web Application Development Technologies


3 Personal Home Pages or PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor language for creating HTML content –normally runs as a server-side scripting language –command line scripting possible –client-side GUI applications using PHP- GTK generates other formats –PDF, GIF, JPEG, PNG, Flash

4 PHP free, open source technology extensive libraries of PHP code modules runs on all major operating systems runs with all major web servers (Apache, IIS, iPlanet) good database integration –MySQL, Oracle, ODBC databases, PostgreSQL, Sybase

5 PHP example … PHP Hello World Example

6 PHP architecture

7 PHP/Web Server Architecture web server layer –handles http requests –passes data to PHP via SAPI TSRM Thread-Safe Resource Management PHP language core PHP API (available to core and PHP extensions) Zend parsing engine –runtime compiler –executer

8 PHP/Web Server Architecture web server (Apache, IIS, etc..) Server Abstraction API (SAPI) TSRM Zend Engine PHP Core PHP extensions TSRM PHP API

9 input client HTML page PHP page PHP Zend parsing engine web server data http request output HTML http response PHP and http

10 form processing example Ice Cream Parlour Flavour : vanilla chocolate Scoops :

11 form processing example Ice Cream Response Thank you for your order

12 self processing PHP page METHOD=POST> Enter your Name:

13 control of http response PHP sets standard headers by default –response status line –date, document length –other headers added by web server header () function allows other headers to be set –header (content-type: text/plain); header must be used before any html generated (including leading tag)

14 cookies $_COOKIE array used for input setcookie () function sets cookie headers in the http response must be used before html content

15 sessions PHP provides automatic session handling sessions set up using start_session() command PHP uses cookies to pass session information –will switch to URL-rewriting if cookies disabled start_session() must appear at the start of the PHP document

16 simple hit counter … etc … This page has been viewed times.

17 PHP and XML

18 PHP has strong text processing functionality –comprehensive string manipulation –strong regular expressions inherited or imported from Perl full set of filehandling functions for file I/O XML data files can be created/manipulated programmatically using text processing approaches

19 PHP and XML DOM –DOM processing from PHP 4.3 –DOM extension part of PHP 5 core XSLT –libxslt extension in PHP 5 –A separate XSLT extension available from Sablotron C library (different API)

20 PHP and XSLT

21 events-based XML programming PHP has an event-based XML parser based on libxml2 library –SAX parser –replaces old non-SAX Expat library parser calls handler functions as events occur you write the event handler functions

22 PHP strengths and weaknesses

23 PHP strengths free, open-source product –flexible –extensible easy to implement –builds onto most browsers on most platforms –familiar, flexible and powerful syntax with occasional weirdness thrown in good database connectivity –technology of choice for low-end web-DB system

24 PHP weaknesses XML support –some non-standard features still in PHP5 slow because of runtime compilation then execution –derives from CGI script origins limited separation of coding from HTML –no equivalent of JSP custom tags –some open source versions emerging see extensibility limited by cumbersome C-based architecture –this is improving with later versions

25 PHP web application frameworks Frameworks are now emerging for PHP Cake –Next lecture… –growing developer community, growing functionality – Symfony –Very recent but stems from older projects –established development community – Zend Framework –growing community of developers –

26 PHP web application frameworks Typical functionality CRUD (database interaction) M-V-C architecture Access control lists View helpers - AJAX, JavaScript, etc… Standard application components

27 Active Server Pages (ASP) Microsoft-based server-side processing technology ASP provides a server-side scripting environment. This includes: Read information from an HTTP request. Customize an HTTP response. Interact with Databases. Support complex middleware.

28 Active Server Pages (ASP) are processed in response to a client request server-side scripting are processed by an ActiveX component a scripting engine.asphave the file extension.asp contain HTML tags and scripting code VBScript is the most widely used language (although you can use JavaScript, other.NET languages)

29 The ASP Architecture ASP.DLL

30 A user makes an http request for an ASP page. The.asp extension tells the Web server that the page contains server script (executable code) that it should process before returning the page to the browser. The server passes the ASP to the scripting engine The scripting engine executes ASP commands as it encounters them After execution of the server scripts, all code is stripped out of the page. The pure HTML page is sent in the http response.

31 A Simple ASP Example A Simple ASP Example

32 A Simple ASP Example Simple ASP Example


34 ASP Built-in Objects Request Response Session Application Server ObjectContext

35 ASP Built-in Objects Request –Retrieves the values that the browser passes to the server during an HTTP request. Response –Controls what information is sent to a browser in the HTTP response message.

36 ASP Built-in Objects Session –Used to manage and store information about a particular user session. Application –Used to manage and store information about the Web application.

37 ASP Built-in Objects Server –Provides access to resources that reside on a server. ObjectContext –Used to commit or abort a transaction managed by Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) for ASP pages that run in a transaction.

38 Request Object Collections ClientCertificate Cookies Form QueryString ServerVariables

39 Form Collection The Form collection contains the values of each standard HTML control that has a NAME attribute. When a user submits a form with the POST method, you can read the values of the controls by using the Form collection. The Form collection of the Request object can be used to extract information from the body of an HTTP request message.

40 Form Collection Name: Favourite Flavour: Mint Vanilla Coffee

41 Form Collection icecream.asp Request.Form("name") Request.Form("flavour") or <% For Each Item in Request.Form 'code to display Item here Next %>

42 ASP on Alternative Platforms Chili!ASP by Chili!Soft (Expensive to buy!) Windows –IIS, Apache, Netscape Enterprise & FastTrack, OReilly WebSite Pro Solaris –Apache, Netscape Enterprise & FastTrack Linux: Apache IBM AIX: Apache, Netscape Enterprise & FastTrack, IBM HTTP Server, Lotus Domino Go HP UX –Apache, Netscape Enterprise

43 ASP on Alternative Platforms Instant ASP (iASP) by Halcyon Software cheaper written in Java as a Servelet, so runs with Apache/Tomcat and many other servers allows mix of ASP and JSP –better range of functionality –may run slow for high volume applications

44 ASP Strengths implements M-V-C code embedded in the HTML –separation of concerns no compiling - stays resident in memory no complex interfacing - method calls suitable for high-end web applications standard components –re-use –eases programming effort

45 ASP weaknesses difficult to port between platforms steep learning curve for full functionality –less suitable for low-end web apps multiplicity of.NET languages –diffuse coding options –can leave legacy problems

46 ColdFusion

47 Technology for building dynamic web applications provides powerful markup reducing need for programming skills designed for RAD: abstracts many low- level tasks e.g. connection to a database

48 ColdFusion runs on all major platforms compatible with all major browsers runs in CGI mode or as an embedded process runs on Apache, IIS, iPlanet ColdFusion applications are portable across platforms with very minor differences

49 History of ColdFusion developed by Allaire software –first version only 30 language elements –strongly tag-based, supplemented by functions Allaire merged with Macromedia in 2001 –MacroMedia ColdFusion –ColdFusion MX ColdFusion MX 6.1 (2004) –80 tags, 255 functions

50 use and availability Widely used for medium to large scale web apps Large developer community Not free, not open source –ColdFusion MX Standard £929 Windows, Linux –ColdFusion MX Enterprise £4289 Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX –30-day free trial version (limited functionality)

51 ColdFusion Basics

52 ColdFusion Markup Language tag-based language (CFML) mixed with HTML, JavaScript/VBScript in a template CFML used to dynamically construct content CFML processed by ColdFusion Application Server on the server side

53 client HTML page CFML template ColdFusion Application Server web server entity data http request input output HTML http response

54 ColdFusion templates CFML tags embedded in HTML –Can produce pure CFML pages Tag Syntax – content –or trailing / optional –Attributes are literals or expressions –Tags controlled by attributes and/or content

55 Example 1 Writing output x = #x# y = #y# x * y = #xy#

56 Example 2 Todays date is #DateFormat (Now (),dd/mm/yy)# CFML tag closing CFML tag

57 Example 3 Have a Merry Christmas.

58 ColdFusion Web Application Framework

59 web application a group of templates forming a cohesive application –maintain state –utilise constants –multi-threading –error and exception handling –security controlled through application template

60 Application.cfm template reserved template name template placed in root directory of the web application –executed before every request may be supplemented by OnRequestEnd.cfm template –executed after every web request

61 processing Application templates ColdFusion template requested ColdFusion searches template directory for an Application.cfm template –ColdFusion processes Application.cfm template then requested template –OnRequestEnd.cfm template processed if it exists

62 template request process client Server myTemplate application template onREquestEnd request response

63 function of Application.cfm maintains state –create Application, Client and Session variables set application constants –data-source names, source directories, style elements handle errors provide security services –user authentication –entitlements

64 ColdFusion strengths and weaknesses

65 strengths tag-oriented programming for web developers –good support for custom tags and extensions full functionality to support medium to high end web systems supports MVC strong support for thread-safe transactions excellent database connectivity implemented on all major platforms

66 weaknesses expensive compared with other technologies not open source highly redundant syntax –leads to inconsistent development idiosyncratic language structure –limited code re-use on or from other platforms non-standard and limited XML support

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