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Geeks404.com: Learning Perl/CGI for Apache - Part 1: HTTP and Perl basics

Jun 15, 2000, 19:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Booss)

[ Thanks to BeOpen for this link. ]

"Apache is the most widely used World Wide Web server software on the Internet. It is a powerful platform that allows for quick, easy, and secure transactions to take place, in addition to simply serving Web pages. The advantages of running your Web applications on this platform are obvious: quick execution, efficient and complete logging, and a secure environment. Perl/CGI is the most widely used Web applications language, which provides a powerful manipulative language glued to the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), by the means of CGI, or the Common Gateway Interface. Learning how to program Web applications with Perl/CGI is relatively easy. We'll start with a brief overview of Perl and the HTTP protocol, and how CGI provides the interface between these two technologies. In the following tutorials, we will dive deeply into Perl and accomplishing specific tasks with CGI."

"For this tutorial, you will need access to an Apache server, running preferably on a UNIX or UNIX variant, such as Linux or FreeBSD. You will need an FTP account on that server, and permission to use the Web services. This is standard for most Web servers. If you are on a free Web host, such as GeoCities or Hypermart, you need to ensure that they allow CGI program execution on their servers. For large hosts such as these, allowing CGI programs to reside and execute on their servers is a security risk, so many free servers disallow or limit CGI execution. Check your host's FAQ to check for further details on their policies."

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