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Chapter 22. Page Counter Component

There was a time that I'm sure many of you remember (not that long ago) when a page counter on a web site's home page was a novelty. Back then, adding a page counter required—or so it seemed—far more work than it was worth, involving at least a CGI application or maybe a Java applet.

The alternative was easier but fraught with difficulties of its own. It involved using a counter service. This involved adding an <IMG> tag to your site that referenced a CGI application on the counter service-maintained server. The service maintained the counter for you. The problem was that such services often were out of commission for long periods of time and would go down completely under heavy loads. Because counter services were problematic, many developers decided to create their own, often simply reinventing the wheel.


  

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