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CGI Alternatives

by seanc (Novice)
on Jan 22, 2016 at 12:30 UTC ( #1153367=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
seanc has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I need to create a simple HTML form with a database backend. I have done this sort of thing with CGI in the past, but I believe PSGI/Plack is the preferred alternative now. Is that correct, or is there something else I should be looking at? Should I be looking at a complete framework like Catalyst?

Any good starting points? I've found the following so far:

  • http://perlmaven.com/getting-started-with-psgi
  • http://savage.net.au/Perl/html/plack.for.beginners.html
  • http://plackperl.org/

This will run on an Ubuntu 14.04 server, with Apache.

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Re: CGI Alternatives
by VinsWorldcom (Parson) on Jan 22, 2016 at 12:37 UTC

    For "simple", I've used Mojolicious (http://mojolicious.org/). The Mojo-casts (http://mojocasts.com/e1) helped me get going. It's bundled with Strawberry Perl (5.22.1) but an older version, so I just did a "cpan Mojolicious" for a smooth upgrade.

    I've used SQLite, MySQL and Microsoft Access as the backend database - they all work fine with Mojolicious - as long as you have the appropriate DBD module (driver).

Re: CGI Alternatives
by Myrddin Wyllt (Hermit) on Jan 22, 2016 at 14:13 UTC

    Catalyst is probably overkill for a single HTML form, but either Mojolicious or Dancer are good, well-maintained frameworks that make creating basic web applications very easy.

    I would say that using one of these would be quicker than trying to code directly on top of PSGI/Plack, as they are both well documented - rolling your own would result in a smaller codebase, but would probably take a lot longer to get up and running.

Re: CGI Alternatives
by ww (Archbishop) on Jan 22, 2016 at 21:44 UTC

    But, IMO (nah, not "humble") neither of the above fine replies should be read as deprecating PSGI/Plack if you're comfortable with what you've found already... and (again, IMO) if you do go the P/P route, you'll probably feel that you have finer control.



    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes. Juvenal, Satires

    check Ln42!

      Originally I was probably trying to avoid frameworks because of my (very limited) experience with Ruby on Rails, but having had a quick look at Dancer and Mojolicious, they don't appear to be quite so much designed to confuse and bewilder me, so I think I'll start there. Thanks for the input.
Re: CGI Alternatives
by hotchiwawa (Scribe) on Jan 23, 2016 at 14:16 UTC
      I've started on the Web casts. It looks impressive.
Re: CGI Alternatives
by Discipulus (Monsignor) on Jan 29, 2016 at 09:40 UTC
Re: CGI Alternatives
by seanc (Novice) on Jan 23, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
    Thanks for the advice. Mojolicious and Dancer look very promising.
Re: CGI Alternatives
by seanc (Novice) on Jan 29, 2016 at 05:46 UTC

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