2002 FREENIX Track Technical Program - Abstract
SWILL: A Simple Embedded Web Server Library
Sotiria Lampoudi and David M. Beazley, Department of Computer Science, University of Chicago
We present SWILL, a lightweight programming library that adds a simple
embedded web server capability to C and C++ programs. Using SWILL, it
is possible to add Internet accessibility to programs that are poorly
matched to more traditional methods of web programming such as CGI
scripting or web server plugin modules. SWILL also makes it easy for
programmers to add web-based monitoring, diagnostics, and debugging
capabilities to software not normally associated with internet
We like to think of SWILL as an attempt to turn
the problem on its head: traditionally, the web server came first, the
``programs'' later; in our approach, the application is written first, and the
server integrated last. For some types of applications, this
approach is far more painless.
In this paper, we provide an overview of the SWILL
library and describe how we have used it to provide web access to a
variety of applications including scientific simulation software,
a compiler, and a hardware emulator for teaching operating systems.
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