Apr 01 2014

Migrating our webserver to IIS


Even though Apache and nGinx are good servers, they really lack some important feature, and are not easy to configure. After long discussion, we finally decided to use IIS as our main web server. This will need of course to have a Windows server image, but it’s not as expensive as before and has indeed a lot of advantages.

Most of people in infra team are expert developers in Visual Basic which gives us several advantages, and should be at the end more efficient than most other methods of Internet development, thanks to:

  • A familiar development environment and model.
  • Access to a broad audience and a high quality community and professional help.

There are lot of awesome features with IIS, but as it’s a free software website, we will not list all of them. There should only be a highlight on one major feature of the last release:

Cubing development: thanks to the looped cubes of straplets, each part of the code is self protected in a small self constructed applet called cube. Each cube is linked to the other via other via trapped traps linking to sane and to honeypot cubes, preventing an intruded code to migrate from one sane cube to another. Moreover, interconnections between cubes are regularly and randomly modified, thanks to a prime number rule.

We’re really excited about all this, and hope you’ll enjoy as much as we do :)


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  1. Johan

    Happy 1st April :)

  2. Charles Shapiro

    Glad to see that you’ve retired that Hippie Software at last.

  3. S. Ballmer

    I’m very pleased to read this, cube straplets are indeed the IIS killer feature that will ultimately destroy prehistoric stuff like php, ruby on rails, Java, or C/C++.

    Since you’re the first large site doing this, we’re willing to give you a special deal, only $666 per user per day on IIS! (We’ll have to charge extra for the Windows license though, as that is handled by another department).

    If you’re interested, please let me know at steveb@microsoft.gov

  4. B. Gates

    Steve, better let Satya make offers in future. You’re forgetting that you are no longer CEO.


  5. Jim G.

    OMG wow … you got me … my stomach turned and then I started hopping up and down .. and then I noticed the date
    Please be careful because you almost made me have a heart attack. .. now I’m smiling

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