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Experience with HTML::Mason?

by VSarkiss (Monsignor)
on Jul 11, 2001 at 18:44 UTC ( #95700=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
VSarkiss has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm starting on a new web site design project, and I'm thinking about using Mason, which I've read about in the past. The docs look great, it appears to work well with mod_perl, and it's under the same licensing terms as Perl.

Before I commit to it, though, I was wondering if anyone here has experience with it. Did it work as advertised? Were there any "gotchas"? If you had to use it a second time, would you be glad or upset?

The site design is in a very early stage, so I don't have a lot of characteristics to describe. There will be probably 8-10 forms, but with many elements per form. The database handling looks to be a lot more complicated than the UI. (Which is why I thought it would be a good time to try something new.)

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Re: Experience with HTML::Mason?
by TheoPetersen (Priest) on Jul 11, 2001 at 19:25 UTC
    Do some searching around this site and you'll find plenty of commentary (and even a review by somebody).

    Obviously, I like Mason a lot; I find I can create very good Perl code and mediocre HTML quickly, and that's fine because I don't care that much about HTML. Those who do care (or work in environments where people care) might prefer other solutions; HTML::Template is very popular among those who keep page development and Perl code at arm's length from one another, while the Template Toolkit is more in the middle, giving the template side plenty of power (and requiring more understanding for the page developer).

    But yeah, Mason works as advertised, has been used for amazing sites, and is well supported by its developers and community. Have a go :)


      The number of times I've pointed people at SuperSearch, and here I am not taking my own advice.... Thanks, Theo.

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