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Is perl a good choice for CGI ?

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Contributed by Zombie xander on Jun 05, 2000 at 15:22 UTC
Q&A  > CGI programming


I want to write code to interact with web pages using cgi scripts (a few fields to enter and a button to press for submitting). I've done a reasonable amount of C++ and Perl programming, but nothing internet related before. Any pointers to relevant help sources would be very appreciated, all I seem to be getting in my searches is how to do server side stuff, not how to automate the client side or interactions with the server.

Answer: Is perl a good choice for ...
contributed by swiftone

The most classic answer is This is a module that does most of the overhead of interacting with the web. Perl is perfect for CGI programming because such things are so often text-based (one of perl's strengths), require quick development (ditto), and flexibility (yup).

I'd recommend you look at O'Reilly's CGI Programming with Perl as a starting point. It's pretty basic, but thorough.

(CGI is used for receiving input from users, LWP for sending and requesting pages).

If you need to parse a lot of HTML, check out HTML::Parser, and The Perl Journal article about it in the current issue. (pay subscription) (Article is recommended, because the HTML::Parser documentation assumes you know what it does and how)

Answer: Is perl a good choice for ...
contributed by infoninja

I'd also highly reccomend Official Guide to Programming with by Lincoln Stein (the author of -- it's come in very handy quite a few times.

Answer: Is perl a good choice for ...
contributed by antihec

look into the LWP:: things at CPAN (there's also Bundle::LWP or libwww)...

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