Server Side Scripting Languages {Comments Off on Server Side Scripting Languages}

by Han C
My article is written by a columnist, Gary Roberts, who compare and contrasts the most popular scripting languages used to create dynamic service oriented web sites. He discusses how server-side scripting can be implemented and the software architectures involved. The comparison touches on the balance between security, productivity and service concerns. LAMP, a Linux based server running Apache, MySQL, and PHP or Perl, would ultimately require an “significant investment in knowledge acquisition.” On the other hand, Microsoft IIS, active server pages would be “the path of least resistance” because ASP would be easier to learn when compared to PHP or Perl. This is not to be confused with ASP.NET, which is a bit more difficult to learn but would be valuable to learn if you were to pursue a sizable project. The author selects Cold Fusion as his language of choice based on the ability for it to run on Microsoft, Linux, and Unix systems. In addition, it is considerably easy to learn. Ultimately, the choice of a server-side scripting language would be ranked by taking into consideration of cost, convenience, and ability to adopt or implement the technology. read more...

ASP.NET vs. LAMP {2}

by Jorge R

The topic of my article this week talks about the disadvantages and advantages of using Linux PHP vs. Windows ASP for web hosting. A general rule for a Windows or Microsoft coder will usually choice ASP.NET. The advantage of using ASP.NET is the ease of use and relative short learning curve since the software is easy to use. The drawback of using this software is the massive amount of money that will cost to develop and maintain the web page. On the other spectrum we have LAMP, which is open source and has no licensing fees. Which makes it an optimum choice, when on a short budget. The installation of both tend to be the same. What sets Microsoft apart is it easy setup wizards, where LAMP uses coding and dialogs for installation. This may be a problem if the web master or developers has little coding experience. One of the advantages of LAMP is the use of low resources and hardware speeds. This allows it to be installed in virtually any host. ASP.NET is ran on Windows which can be a problem when being installed in old computer hardware. When it comes down to it there really is no one better web hosting advantage over the other. It all really depends on many factors such as specific use and funds to develop the website. read more...

MySQL Website Compromised to Inject Malware {3}

by Daniel L
Database management systems are an integral part of many products and services that are offered over the World Wide Web.  MySQL, one of the most common open source database management systems and key component of the LAMP software  stack, caught the attention of hackers on Monday, September 26, 2011.  According to security vendor, Armorize, the  hacker used JavaScript code to inject malicious software onto Windows PC users who visited the MySQL website between the hours of 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific Time Monday.  Armorize also stated that the particular method that was used to attack website visitors is known as the Black Hole exploit kit; however, there is no indication of what the malware was designed to do.  This is not the first time that the MySQL website has been hacked, they were hit earlier in the year, as well as other open source websites such as and  A hacker on a Russian forum using the alias, sourcec0de, claims to have full permissions and administrative rights to the MySQL servers, and he is even willing to sell root access for $3,000.  Although, it is unclear if the hacker had root access, he posted screenshots which showed that the MySQL web servers were indeed compromised. read more...