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by jimbus (Friar)
on Jul 23, 2012 at 20:24 UTC ( #983232=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
jimbus has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hola Monks!

It's been a while maybe even years and I'm trying to get back in the groove. I'd like to build a json/ajax web app with an eye toward an ios/android app on a hosted web site that I access through cpanel. json/ajax was just becoming voguish when I went idle and I can finger it out on my own. There also seems to be decent documentation on Enyo for the cross phone app. Where I'm having confusion is how to set up/use/manage perl_mod through cPanel on the domain and sub-domains. I'd be eternally grateful if had a URL for a Toot or a recipe.


--Jimbus aka Jim Babcock
Wireless Stay at Home Dad and Geek Wannabe
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Re: web apps on a limited access server (cpanel)
by davido (Archbishop) on Jul 23, 2012 at 23:27 UTC

    Are you dead set on using mod_perl and cpanel? Many cloud services offer PSGI support which opens the doors for any Plack-friendly framework (Catalyst, Dancer, Mojolicious), and frees you from much of the drudgery of hand-coding to mod_perl. In fact, Plack/PSGI is happy in a mod_perl environment, so you can stick with a mod_perl setup and still enjoy the benefits of a higher-level middleware. But to me the whole process gets a lot easier when you stop caring about mod_perl, and what back-end Plack sits on, and start using a modern web framework. My preference is Mojolicious, which handles json out of the box, and gives you a nice environment from which to code your web application (even if it includes Ajax).


      I'm not deadset on anything and I guess that I have been out of the field for long enough that I'm barking up the wrong tree, which would explain why my google search have been utter fails.

      I have a series of WP sites hosted on one of the bigger hosts, so I thought that would be an obvious choice and they manage everything through cPanel. I built my web app and data mining empire at my previous employer on perl, mod_perl/mason, so again, seemed obvious. But I spent most of the whole day researching, with no luck (between keeping 4 kids cleaning, getting lunch and dinner and taking them to practices).

      So you think I'd be better served looking at a cloud service with PSGI/Plank and Mojolicious? This first app is something to use in family just to get my feet wet, but I have had my eye on a tracking app for a scouting org I am involved in... it'd be cool if I could make it generally available for little or nothing. Would you have a service you'd recommend for my sort of "grand designs"? Maybe offline?


      --Jimbus aka Jim Babcock
      Wireless Data Engineer and Geek Wannabe
Re: web apps on a limited access server (cpanel)
by stonecolddevin (Vicar) on Jul 24, 2012 at 04:39 UTC

    AWS EC2 has a free option on the micro instances. It should be an excellent starting point with the option of scaling up if that need arises.

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