Embedthis products including the Appweb and GoAhead web servers have supported a variety of SSL stacks for secure connectivity including: OpenSSL, mbed TLS, MatrixSSL and NanoSSL. However, this has often required separately downloading and building the SSL software. For some SSL stacks, this can be a long and non-trivial exercise to build the SSL stack for your selected operating system.
SSL is increasingly becoming mandatory and not just an option. Securely authenticating users and controlling access to a management interface requires SSL. Further, the emerging HTTP/2 protocol will use SSL by default. Consequently, we have been searching for a simpler way to offer secure SSL connectivity out-of-the-box.
CGI for web applications may appear simple and easy, but it is slow, clumsy, insecure and ancient.
Stop using it!
There are much better alternatives for nearly every use case.
It has been a hectic few months with plenty of releases and new initiatives. GoAhead and Appweb 5 have been updated and Appweb 6 has been released. Both products have started to make extensive use of the Pak package manager and we have a growing set of components available on the Pak Catalog.
But what does the future hold?
Appweb 6 is released and this marks the start of a new stage for Appweb. This is because Appweb 6 currently almost identical to Appweb 5.4.4. Sounds strange, but Appweb now has all the battle-hardened features needed for embedded web development. So why change version?
Embedthis ESP™ is the amazing C web framework that operates at "thought speed".
Designed for embedded devices and high performance web services, ESP is exceptionally fast, close to the hardware, yet offers features normally found only in larger enterprise web frameworks — Amazing.
Here I list the top ten things I really like about ESP.