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Byte.com: Learning Perl, Part III - Applying Perl To Websites

Apr 10, 2000, 23:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Heller)

"Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programs are a standard, portable way to write Web-based applications. CGI programs can be written in almost any programming or scripting language that you care to run on your server, but Perl is far and away the most common language used for writing CGI scripts."

"CGI is useful in several scenarios. The most common scenario is form processing: the website displays an HTML form to the user, and the user fills out the form. When the user submits the form, its contents are sent to a CGI script on the site for processing. Typically, the output of the form processing is a customized Web page, one or more e-mail, and/or a database entry...."

"Combining a database with dynamic page generation turns out to be extremely powerful. This is how most of the Internet search engines work, for instance, and how most shopping sites work."

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