[Seaside] Some very basic questions about replacing my webstack

Andy Burnett andy.burnett at knowinnovation.com
Wed Apr 8 03:48:38 UTC 2009

We currently develop web applications using IBM's Domino server.  I want to
move us over to Smalltalk and Seaside, but I am having some problems
understanding which bits we need to assemble in order to make the
application stack (the problem with using Domino is that everything is
included in one box, so that tends to insulate developers from needing other
tools, and hence learning about them).  I would really appreciate it if
someone could explain the 'mainstream' way of achieving our basic
requirements.  Although we like Squeak, we are equally happy to go with VW
and/or Gemstone if they are better/more reliable/easier ways to get what we
need (and I realise that those criteria may well be in the eye of the

The key facilities we need are:

   1. SSL connections (I now understand that this is handled by Apache)
   2. User registration and authentication.  LDAP would seem to be a good
   approach - particularly for single sign-on - but does Seaside talk with LDAP
   (it would be useful to get autheticated usernames in the apps)
   3. SMTP (in and out).  We would like to be able to generate emails and
   receive them into the applications - where appropriate
   4. Some sort of database.  We don't do very large scale data crunching,
   but we do need to be able to reliably store and retrieve subsets of objects.

Just to be clear, I don't want to burden anyone by asking for detailed
descriptions, I just want to know - in broad terms - what we would need in
order to replace the domino back end and allow us to develop apps in

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