WISP? Really?

by Dustin Puryear

Todd just commented on WISP (Windows, IIS, SQL Server, PHP) and I have to say I’m curious. I have to admit I wonder how viable WISP really is. With LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP), most developers are relying on the built-in “free” of, well, Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. But with Windows that’s not the case. At a minimum, you have licensing cost for Windows, and also SQL Server if you aren’t using Express.

An obvious rebuttal here is that the savings is in systems management. If you have systems administrators that are used to managing Windows, then I can certainly see where Linux may be a bad idea. But it just seems to me that most people that want to run most of the open applications, such as phpBB, Moodle, and Mantis are going to be at least familiar with Linux.

Speaking of Moodle.. well, maybe I’ll hold off on Moodle for a later discussion.

Anyway, please, someone tell me what real advantage WISP has in the real-world? If nothing else, most Windows-based web servers are doing .NET these days. I just don’t see PHP on Windows often—at all.


2008-03-03 21:14:57
Microsoft is currently in its "embrance" mode. Guess what will you see next...
2008-03-04 11:55:03
Your LAMP-over-WISP analysis makes sense for someone looking to put together a new setup for running PHP webapps. However, if someone is already running a Windows/.Net setup (so all the pieces are there anyway), PHP could be another choice in the developer toolbox. I've certainly read of Java shops using PHP in a supporting capacity.