Re: htdig: Windows??

Maren S. Leizaola (
Tue, 28 Jul 1998 00:08:33 +0800 (CST)

Hi, I am glad this question of mine has woken up a few. You have all be
talking about all the juicy parts of programming and all the fun it can
be/not. But what about real issues such as performance... as *it* is
search engine... What will Java do for us, in terms of CPU and RAM

On Mon, 27 Jul 1998, James Mcpherson wrote:

> On Mon, 27 Jul 1998, Torsten Neuer wrote:
> [snip]
> >
> > Why not then use Ada? This would provide you with even more machines
> > where htDig can be run on, since there are still a lot of machines with no
> > Java byte-code interpreter available for them.
> > It would also cut down the bugs, since the language is known to be able
> > to verify most of the programs during compile-time.
> > Despite the use of interpreted byte-code, htDig would stay a native binary
> > executable, thus not slowing down the processes of indexing or searching.
> > With regards to database interfaces, Ada comes with interfaces to most of
> > all commonly used programming languages.. even COBOL, so there should
> > be no problem at all to create bindings to whatever database there is on the
> > market. I've worked quite a lot with Ada programs in the past that did this
> > interfacing without causing any trouble.
> [Please don't anybody take this personally - it's my opinion only]
> I don't think that is such a good idea. how many people out there have
> access to a free ada compiler? Is the gnu version up to scratch compared
> with commercial versions? (I'm not sure that it is). And one other thing,
> it is my firm belief that if you write a program in a language such as
> c, c++, java, perl, lisp or pascal then it is much easier to (a) maintain,
> (b) hack on and (c) acquire the good will of sysadmins who have to install
> it than if it's written in a language such as modula-2/3, ada, eiffel or
> other languages which do not have such a large base of competent
> programmers. I know that this is a rather flameable comment, but if you
> are in the position (as I am) of having to maintain the search engine for
> a corporate website, and want to be able to go to the source to fix a
> bug (if necessary), then you don't really want to have to pick up more than
> one or two major languages in order to get the job done. Hence, I guess,
> the popularity of perl.
> Personally, I would like to see a new version of ht://Dig written such
> that there was a core engine with a well-defined api and sample
> reference implementation of UI functions which people could hack on
> in other languages if they so desired. I think that this would give
> local ht://Dig maintainers the capability to be more flexible in their
> delivery of their service, which is something that we see more and more.
> If people can wait a few weeks, I might be able to produce something
> like this myself (I'm about to change jobs).
> How does this sound?
> cheers,
> James C. McPherson
> Unix Systems Administrator
> IT Service
> University of Queensland Library
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