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Linux Journal: At the Forge: Content Management

Aug 27, 2000, 13:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Reuven M. Lerner)

"Over the last few months, we have looked at Mason, the web development system written by Jonathan Swartz that combines Apache, mod_perl and HTML/Perl templates. Normally, Mason is associated with web applications, especially those that use back-end databases and produce dynamic content. Indeed, I have found Mason to be an extremely useful tool in my consulting practice, making it possible to create web sites quickly and easily."

"But Mason can be used for more than simple server-side web applications. One of the most interesting Mason applications is a set of components known as the "Mason content manager" or "Mason-CM". Mason-CM provides basic content management functionality, beginning with its ability to handle the staging of files to a production server, and continuing with built-in support for spell checking, RCS version control and editing of Mason components."

"While Mason-CM is written in Mason and thus requires Apache, mod_perl and the appropriate Perl modules, it can work just fine with a static site using nothing but HTML and graphic images. In fact, I recommend that even site owners uninterested in Mason and mod_perl take a look at the Mason content manager, because it provides so many useful features in a simple, free package."

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