By Maria L Gaycheck
Review :: IIS Killer – Abyss Web Server
After spending money on a new computer I did not see myself spending my hard good money for Microsoft Office Professional just to use IIS. But as a programmer I need to have all resources available to meet my client needs, no matter the code. The most important tool for a web developer is the web server. But I want to cut the chains of any OS dependent, including Linux, Apple and especially Microsoft.
What I look for in a web server:
- Easy install
- Programming for everything under the sun (ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, Ruby on Rails)
- Database Support (MS SQL, MySql and Oracle)
- Hosting multiple sites
- Easy set up
- Quick easy start up
- Quick easy stop
- Log files
- Security Functions
- Most importantly not taking up CPU (since it will be used on a laptop)
After researching I found a solution, Abyss Web Server.
First things first…. It works just about any machine:
- It runs HTTP, HTTPS, PHP, Perl, Classic ASP, ASP.NET, Python, Ruby, Rebol, and TCL
- Bandwidth Control
- Multiple Language Support
- SSL/TLS Certificates Management
- All my needs are met
The entire control panel is a wonderful programmed web interface. Everything is just one click away, with it being a simple bookmark I can work on my freelance projects and turn it off when I am done.
As far as running code I find everything I program runs smoothly just as if it was running on their original associated web server. Even my ASP and ASP.net runs perfectly but without the pesky reliance on Microsoft.
I can connect to my databases including:
- MS SQL
- SQL express
- 10g Express Edition
I wish the stats were more detailed, but as they stand this what you get:
Total Uptime: 1:23:18:14 Day(s):Hour(s):Minute(s):Second(s) Uptime since Last Restart: 0:00:10:03 Day(s):Hour(s):Minute(s):Second(s) Total Hits: 1164 Error Hits: 13 HTML Hits: 556 Image Hits: 33 Not Modified Hits: 528 Transferred Data: 3837 KB
I would like more detailed log files, or the option to export into an XML or spreadsheet format. The only option is to import the *.log file into my spreadsheet program.
As a freelance programmer I need to have be prepared to program in any code, with any database, and adjust to the client needs. Abyss Web Server is exactly what I need, and did I mention… Free!