In addition, we have taken a bold leap to support some newer
technologies, such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). So if our
site looks funny to you at anytime, you will want to consider upgrading
to one of the newer web browsers - Opera 5,
MS Internet Explorer 5,
Mozilla-Gecko, and other newer browsers supporting CSS.
If you are curious as to what Open Source Technology we are using -
our site is developed on technologies, such as the Apache Web Server,
PHP, and MySQL, running on the Linux operating system. Here's a little
bit of info about these technologies. We warn you, our techies wrote this.
Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April of 1996. The December 2000
Netcraft Web Server Survey found that over 60%
of all Web sites on the Internet are using Apache, making it more widely used than all other Web servers combined.
PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language that works in conjunction with the Apache Web Server. Much of its syntax is borrowed from C, Java and Perl with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in. The goal of the language is to allow web developers to write dynamically generated pages quickly. At the most basic level, PHP can do anything any other CGI program can do, such as collect data from forms, generate dynamic page content, or send and receive cookies. Perhaps the strongest and most significant feature in PHP is its support for a wide range of databases.
MySQL is a relational database management system. It is very fast, reliable, and easy to use. MySQL was originally developed to handle very large databases where its performance is much faster than existing solutions. It has been successfully used in highly demanding production environments for several years. Though under constant development, MySQL today offers a rich and very useful set of functions. The great connectivity, speed, and security make MySQL highly suited for accessing databases on the Internet.
Linux is a free implementation of Unix for personal computer and server architectures such as Intel®, and
represents something of a rebellion against commercial operating systems. Linux has emerged into the computing
mainstream with an amazing force. It has been covered by every major media channel and has helped usher in the
"Open Source Revolution." Today, most estimates place the number of Linux users worldwide at over 10 million, which leads one to ask, why the penguin? Well, why not?