Maybe Dave isn't merely claiming to be better, after all. He and friends at London.pm have spent a fair amount of time creating properly written drop-in replacements for Matt's scripts.
Your article is also mixing up many levels of things. That CGI scripts produce ugly pages is a ridiculous claim; they can send to the browser any output they wish to, just like all other dynamic webpage generation technology can. It is true that state is hard to maintain in CGI, but so is it with any other dynamic webpage generation technology because HTTP itself, the protocol on which all them have to build, is inherently stateless. (Whoever claimed cookies were the solution forgets they're conceptually the same thing as hidden fields, which by the way is exactly the same thing as encoding data in the URL at least for GET forms so your article's separate mention is redundant.)
Makeshifts last the longest.
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