Hello all! Well, following the recent horrific crash of both my main webserver and the backup server *tries not to cry...too much*, I have been forced to completely re-do my website.

Before the Great Crash of '01, my site was completely dynamic, pulling data from here and there and everywhere, you know, the normal CGI-overkill site: but it worked well. However, lately, I have been hearing much about the 8th wonder of the world and the savior of humanity, XML, and the amazing things that it can do. Therefore, I think that it is time to sersiouly consider, when I begin the rewrite of my site, doing it with an XML backend instead of HTML and all that old skool stuff.

Now, I have two questions. First, do any of my fellow monks have experience using an XML/Perl/CGI-driven website (ie: one in which data files are stored in some variant of XML (could even be proprietary) and the main functions of the site are carried out by a Perl/CGI script that acts as the orchestrator and what not), and specifically, how well this setup translates into foreign data exchange. I want to be able to share data files directly from my site with a friend of mine who is firmly entreched in ASP and another friend who is equally dedicated to Flash (yes, Flash 5 supports XML up the wazoo). Second, what resources (books, tutorials, articles, etc) have you guys come across that tie in XML and perl together very well. I know of an incredible plethora of XML books out there (as it seems to be the main buzzword of today), but what I am looking for specifically is information targeted at the experienced Perl user about integrating XML and Perl. Any thoughts?

I know that this post might not exactly be as Perl-centric as it should, but I believe it is pertinent. Thanks for your time!

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