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text mode screen-oriented application developmentby gregben (Initiate)
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gregben has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I need/want to write a text-mode screen-oriented database UI application using as few perl modules as possible, and at the highest possible abstraction level, using modules that are well documented, widely used, and actively supported.
Asking for too much, aren't I?
I've been looking at Curses::Application and see there's going to be a bit of a learning curve (I've only written command-line stuff for decades).
Specifically, what I'm trying to do is write an application that presents the user with a data entry/query form (we use Putty/SSH) that will have static areas with field labels and field boxes the user fills in, etc. Basically the same visual functionality as Oracle Forms (from back in the text-only days).
Of course I can use ncurses and write hundreds (thousands?) of lines of code to make it work, but the less code the better.
Why? Well, I need to adhere to the KISS principle, and SSH makes remote access easy without running a huge LAMP stack, web framework mess.
Why ask this here at perlmonks? Well, I want to use perl because perl is what I've been using (along with Oraperl) since 1992 to write reports and do all sorts of things with Oracle, and instead of trying to use Python or Ruby I want to stick with perl.