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Your logic is horribly flawed. You just _added_ to the code that your maintainance crew will have to work with.
Don't be stupid. I had to write just as much code. Not more code.
Not only that but your code almost certainly doesnt work the way the other project coded in your firm that used similar rationale.
Yes, quite possibly, although this is the first large webby app we have and IME using the same techniques for titchy apps and large apps is not always a good thing anyway. Not that that is important. This uses an if statement rather than a not-particularly-mainstream perl module. If someone finds maintaining an if statement too complex for his poor little brane, then he shouldn't be maintaining code at all, and would certainly find a CGI::Application solution (which would of course use if statements elsewhere in it anyway) far too difficult.
If you had stuck to CGI::Application, your maintainence crew would have the support of thousands of programmers with considerable experience in using it
Yes, there's so many people using CGI::Application that I hadn't even heard of it until a couple of months ago.
they would have recourse to an external party with considerable skill (and from my experience a desire to help) to resolve ongoing issues in the code.
If they have trouble with if statements then they also have recourse to external parties with considerable skill (and from my experience a desire to help). Such as the perl-beginners mailing list, this august forum, their local perl mongers, and the Llama book.
Simply upgrading to the latest release would probably resolve all the maintainence issues associated with the handler. Not to mention other issues like security patches etc.
What CGI::Application does is so damned simple that having any security issues in it should be a shooting offence. It's just a glorified if statement. I am quite certain that I have not introduced any security bugs into my code through my use of an if statement. If I have, I promise to eat my hat and post a link to the video here.
Just to rub the point in, did you roll your own CGI as well?
Yes! I also decided that I didn't like Mr. Wall's implementation of perl, and so wrote my own in lovingly hand-crafted assembler! Next, I'll be replacing that nasty operating system thing! I think I'll write it in Postscript!