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I spent 18 months doing LiveWire development and it is pretty lame. I hit the wall of scripting languages' limitations quickly, and even though LiveWire in Enterprise Server 3 added a lot of stuff, it still sucks.
For this reason I have dedicated a whole page on my personal site to describing why LiveWire sucks...
OK so I understand why you hate Kiva's server. My colleagues and I have done a whole bunch of work since the good ole days of Perl CGI's, to try and find a reasonable server-side programming solution which has RDBMS support.
I will first say that we haven't tried CF or AOLServer although those sound viable. My main concern with CF is the plug-in architecture - C only, as I understand (i.e. not Perl or Java). C is so utterly crude and dangerous that I don't touch it if at all possible, so that's a big downer.
But servlets o...