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Re: Very Basic Perl Forum

by cacharbe (Curate)
on Jan 15, 2002 at 18:41 UTC ( #138902=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Very Basic Perl Forum

Your frist step is to figure out functionality (which you've done). Then you'll need to determine what tools will give you that functionality, which means you'll need to RTFM a little to figure it out.

You're going to be looking at CGI, probably DBI or another database interface, etc. As you'll need to 1.) interface with the web, and 2.) store a lot of data in a well formed database or database-like structure.

Finally, The Ultimate Bulletin Board is written in Perl, and is open source.


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Re: Re: Very Basic Perl Forum
by moodster (Hermit) on Jan 15, 2002 at 19:49 UTC
    UBB has been discussed previously, both here and on usenet (do a google search), and the verdict seems to be that it pretty much sucks. Sloppy coding practices, etc. I would stay away from it.

    Unfortunatly, I don't have any better suggestions. I installed PostNuke on my work machine yesterday and it seems pretty capable (and easy to install provided that you've got MySql and PHP running). But it's not a perl solution, no.

    Writing your own forums software is certainly doable, but far from trivial.

    -- moodster

      There exist quite good Perl forum named gForum. It does play nicely with mod_perl, supports SQL backend, is easily extendable with plugins written in Perl and its source code doesn't suck too much (I had to integrate its authorization with customer website so I've spent some time reading gForum sources and writting plugin for it).

      Disclamer: of course I don't work for them :).

      Ilya Martynov (

      Actually writing a messageboard script (suite) is pretty trivial at least if you interface with a database (flatfiles are ok but you have to be tricky if you want it to scale well with a large messagebase) - it's just a whole lot of work.

      If anyone wants to have a look, I suggest ikonBoard v3 - free and seems to be decent Perl. (And just like IlyaM, I don't work for them.)

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