Some philosophical observations: My personal opinion would be to stick to a unix environment (Sun, Linux, FreeBSD...) and hold on to the Oracle part. I find that JSP is a bit cumbersome to maintain and program.
An alternative to Oracle would be Postgres/SQL as they handle transactions relatively similarly. There was an article in Webtechniques which described the general security of using Postgres instead of MySQL when you can't afford Oracle. So you should check into that since you'll be handling sensitive information which can't get lost if someone unplugs the server or there's a power failure, or some other general disaster. The point being, the article explained how Postgres can handle data recovery (something stops in the middle of a process) while with MySQL, I wouldn't be so sure. (Personally, I love MySQL... because its so easy to use, but I wouldn't rely on it when it comes to sensitive stuff like keeping track of purchased goods... I could be wrong. Although I do use it for relatively indifferent needs! Subscriptions & other traditional database stuff.). As far as Windows goes, great to play with but I wouldn't trust it with my life. Something to think about: basic security on Windows is a a hassle. The OS doesn't behave well when you create .htaccess files (just one example), I've been able to get past these quite easily using Windows. This on the otherhand is quite straight forward in unix. And if you forget Windows, you can then forget about the general head-ache of configuring PHP with IIS and the SQL server that exists. Consider hiring a professional unix system manager, someone with Linux or FreeBSD experience perhaps... Hope this helps. "Dan McCullough" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message [EMAIL PROTECTED]">news:[EMAIL PROTECTED]... > If everyone could gather around for a minute or two. We are looking at switching from a > propriatary JSP/JS/Java based system and going to PHP as our ecommerce system. We currently have > Oracle db and hosted on Sun equiptment, which we are in for another 3 years, although upgrades are > planned. We hate the current system, it was picked for us in a closed room environment. We have > been looking to get off ever since we launched, actually even before we launched. I have been > developing in PHP before I got this job and advised against the vendor that we had, now I want to > develop my own system. This is the backend systems we have. One system that I'm not to sure of > is MQ Series, can PHP tie into that, or would we have to work around that, MQ messages back and > forth with our legacy system to give a real-time connection to our actual customer and inventory > and order processing pieces, although some C++ cdode sits between that and the JS layer. Another > concern is how well does Sun and PHP get along, we have these nice boxes that is actually > handleing the memory hog that we have now, and I know that we couldnt just dump the servers. > Anyone have an idea on a site that processes between 150-250 orders and averages $65k a day, if > PHP and MySQL can handle that, or would I have to go to something like MSSQL (I know I know MS and > PHP .. hahahahahaha). All and any suggestions are welcome. > > dan mccullough > web technology > 603.823.5545 x 1119 > ________________________________ > There is no such thing as a problem, unless the servers are on fire. > Sometimes great opportunity comes brilliantly disguised as bad news. > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Buy the perfect holiday gifts at Yahoo! Shopping. > http://shopping.yahoo.com -- PHP General Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] For additional commands, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To contact the list administrators, e-mail: [EMAIL PROTECTED]