Salzenberg's Rules of Programming, Number Zero: "Anything that works is better than anything that doesn't."
And CGI.pm does, in fact, work.
That said: CGI.pm is atrocious in its style and horrifying in its design sense. It should be distributed in the directory examples/bad. I would welcome a well-written alternative. Atually, I'd welcome several well-written alternatives, one for each of the current module's several problem domains.
Sigh.... So many kludges, so little time.
-- Chip Salzenberg, Free-Floating Agent of Chaos
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