in reply to CGI (Perl) vs JSP

Hi Nomis, I'm sure that none of this is going to be any news to you with the other answers. Yes CGI.pm exists, and I use it almost exclusively for this kind of purpose (web database front ends). You can find all sorts of information on the authors site here.
However this is not all you need for your database. Assuming you are going to need some (real) database interaction (eg postgres, mySQL, oracle) you will need to investigate the DBI (database independent) and DBD (database dependent) modules for easy access to such datasources.
Personally I can't see any point doing this in jsp - the experience is there in perl/CGI and the lesson in database integration will be just as valuable in perl as any other language.

Bukowski - aka Dan (dan@black.hole-in-the.net)
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