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Application Servers

Application Servers

Application server software is built for many purposes, but they all have a common goal: to ensure that they can handle the processing and delivery of a large number of incoming requests, without making the website slow to the end user. Good developers understand that there are times when existing code needs to be optimized to reduce the amount of time spent in processing a growing number of user requests.

Most web applications are written in a language that is interpreted and executed by the server every time a user makes a request from the remote browser. Thus, if your website has a 1000 users a day, the web application server software is interpreted line by line and executed a 1000 times by the server.

But, have you thought what happens when this 1000 becomes 1 million?

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How much time is your server software taking to be interpreted and executed every time it serves a user? To find out, we ran an experiment.

We developed two functionally identical pieces of code that opens a file, reads its contents and delivers it to the user. The first was written in one of the most popular, interpreted web application languages: PHP. The second was written in C, a powerful, compiled system software development language. The comparison chart above shows the execution time differences.

C turned out to be three times as fast as PHP!

Optimize the Application

Many times when a website grows to serve large communities, one of the most under-looked features to improve is the application server software. The rationale being "Why touch something that isn't broken?" If your application isn't able to serve its community, it is broken! That's the reason why after rapid initial growth... the first 1000 or 100,000 users, the website starts stagnating. Your hosting provider is giving you all the bandwidth you need. Your dedicated servers have raw power available. Only your unscaled application is the culprit!

Applications need optimization from time to time. Op-code caching can provide a substantial boost to your applications performance. But, having a pure compiled C sub-application working in tandem with your main web application is a good way to start easing the load. You will find a significant boost to your website's response time.

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