Techniques for more powerful websites



New tools for the web appear every day. In this issue, we round up some promising technologies, including Apache's Suexec module, the new WS-Addressing standard, the Helma application server, the Perlbal web server, and microformats.

The web isn’t just for HTML anymore. Developers have come to depend on web technology as an infrastructure for sophisticated custom applications. Meanwhile, the Internet isn’t getting any safer, and new intrusion techniques have led to new demands for better protection. At the same time, website owners are asking for more versatility and a richer range of features for turning ordinary data into vivid expressions of meaning. In this month's cover story, we will examine some tools for building a safer and more efficient web.