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Re: Are we obsessed with CGI?

by bikeNomad (Priest)
on Apr 14, 2002 at 23:26 UTC ( #159037=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Are we obsessed with CGI?

This is something I've noticed on Perl Monks for some time.

Since I don't do CGIs if I can help it, Perl's capabilities in that realm are irrelevant to me.

However, Perl is a good general-purpose language. It's also fun to do language experimentation (see Class::Prototyped for example).

I have an article coming out in Embedded Linux Journal that describes a data acquisition system for scientists in the field; this embedded system uses Perl for its data acquisition, queries, network connectivity, administration (via Webmin), etc. One thing that made Perl better than (say) C in this system was eval "string": to add a new kind of data channel to the system you give the system a small chunk of Perl code that acts as glue between the data acquisition scheduler and the particular sensor or computation you're logging. These can get added at runtime without bringing down the system, without explicit compilation, and they're typically only a few lines.

Though there were a few CGIs in the system (for configuration), the bulk of the work was done by Event.pm and BerkeleyDB.

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Corion idly wonders about creating a series of HTTP requests. There seems to be no framework to generate a series of HTTP requests, like "try all these requests"
[Corion]: This is vaguely inspired by that list of "nasty" strings, which I'd like to replace among HTTP parameters, just to see whether the application crashes, but also for easy downloading of a list of URLs etc
[Corion]: Maybe I'll just conoct something using Algorithm::Permute to create an (OO) generator for such requests, or a simple function.
[Corion]: For testing I imagine one would want to test a random sampling of such "bad"/"unexpected" requests, while for downloading, one would want to generate them all in order, but not necessarily as a huge list

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