For some reason I started researching server side websockets with a python module for apache. I thought, “oh this would be cool to create a reverse proxy or a socket to a port that’s not accessible through a firewall”. You could just have an apache module create a path back to some service.
Not knowing a lot about websockets, I kept reading and eventually realized that this problem would be best solved in an app server. The websocket module I found was written in python but if I used something like passenger to reverse back to a rails app server and then I could use whatever language I wanted. Besides, the web server shouldn’t be running code.
Anyway, fizzled idea.