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  • From: Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 2 May 2000 22:41:38 +0100 (BST)

AxKit is the "Apache XML Delivery Toolkit". It's a suite of tools based on
the Apache-Perl integration project, and Perl's XML processing tools, for
delivering XML to clients. It has similar aims to the Cocoon project.

AxKit is an extremely high performance alternative to Cocoon. I've heard
some complaints of Cocoon's scalability (not many, but every now and then
they pop-up on the Cocoon-users list - and I do hear this will be better
with Cocoon 2). AxKit scales almost linearly with apache. My dev box runs
a lot of software, so Apache is extremely constrained (with good reason -
I'm behind a 64k link - so a fast web server is a low
priority). ApacheBench reports 105 requests/sec for some static HTML. I
get 80 requests/sec for cached converted XML files. Scale that up to a
loaded Apache box, and well, you do the math...

Current stylesheet systems only include XPathScript, NotXSLT (2 languages
of my own invention, not perfect, but they work) and XSLT (based on Perl's
XML::XSLT, with all its restrictions).

There's a lot of work still to do, and the documentation needs work (as
does all the code), but that's what "release early, release often" is all


(xml.sergeant.org runs entirely on AxKit).

PS: When you subscribe to the list, it doesn't tell you how to post to it,
so I sent this to xml-dev@lists.oasis-open.org first. Appologies if this
means 2 copies of this in people's mailboxes.


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