in reply to Tao Perl Ching - The Scripture of the Way of Perl
Refusal to use CGI.pm leads to bad code.
I think CGI.pm is a big, ugly monster that should only be used when needed, and even then only for what this module does more than others. There's a lot in its source that makes me think Mr Stein never really bothered to learn (modern) Perl, but the easiest to find and refer to weirdness is "/gso". Apart from the somewhat weird code, CGI.pm is huge, inefficient and does things that shouldn't be in a CGI module, like generate HTML (HTML exists outside CGI, CGI can be useful without HTML. They have no close relationship).
Fortunately, there are CGI::Lite, CGI::Simple, and others. The latter unfortunately is interface-wise compatible with CGI; and I don't like that interface much.
I refuse to use CGI.pm in almost every situation. Does that make my code bad?