Forum .LRN Q&A: Re: ".LRN Technology Choices Explained" -- feedback requested on this draft
The review of .LRN's architecture criticized .LRN for using AOLServer instead of Apache, and for using Tcl instead of PHP, among other things. So the defensive tone directly reflects the need of this document to address the "why not LAMP?" question. Ignoring the critique was not an option in this case.
I think some may have mis-interpreted what I tried to convey about AOLServer vs. Apache (so the fault is mine and I need to be more clear). The point I'm making is that to say that Apache's worldwide share of the web server market is 63% while AOLServer's is much smaller is a misleading comparison. Many more people drive cars than heavy-duty trucks. A more appropriate comparison is the number of "Apache-brand" heavy-duty trucks versus "AOLServer-brand" trucks, based on each's associated capabilities and operators. It's not to say that AOLServer/Tcl is superior across the board to Apache/PHP for high-end applications. It *is* to say that AOLServer compares more favorably than the superficial market share statistics suggest, as reasoned in the article.
With this post I invite the community member mentioned above to share the critique if appropriate. I also encourage the community to help him more effectively than I have. My request for feedback, in the form of alternative text that improves on what I have posted here, remains open -- in the spirit of a "non-technical" person who posts here to learn and improve his work with the help of more "technical" people.