How fast is this!

Chipp Walters chipp at
Tue Feb 19 01:20:30 EST 2008

Spent some time chatting with Andre Garzia this evening and he showed me this:

Andre and Sivakatirswami wrote it.

When you click on a letter, a 3000+ card stack is launched as a cgi,
it is sorted and returns the lexicon list for that letter and then
closes. It does all this in less than a second. The Lexicon stack is
over 1MB in size and contains the lexicon editor. The stack has zero
cgi or business logic pertaining to the cgi in it. The cgi does the
work, opening the stack and sorting the cards and compiling the data
and returning it to the webpage. Wow. Pretty darn fast...I'd say.

According to Andre, there tons of Rev cgi's at,
sometimes multiple cgi's per page. They all run in a standard cgi way
on a standard Apache server. They've used them for years. Seems like a
pretty good use case.


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