"In this article I'll give an initial introduction to
mod_perl, make you want to give it a try, and present a few
examples of the well-known sites that are powered by
"From the outset Apache was designed so that you can extend it
by the addition of modules. Modules can do anything you need to do,
such as rewrite HTTP requests, restrict access to certain pages,
perform database lookups and so on. Modules are normally written in
C, which can be hard work. mod_perl is a module that lets you do
all of these things, and more, using Perl--which makes the
development much quicker than C. Apache is the most popular Web
server on the Internet, and mod_perl is one of the most popular
modules for extending it."
"If you love Perl and your favorite Web server is Apache, you
will love mod_perl at first sight. Once you try it in action you
will never look back, as you will find that mod_perl has everything
you need. But even if you do find that there is something missing,
just speak up. Before you can count to three, someone will have
made it for you--which, of cours,e will make you want to give
something in return. Eventually you will contribute something on
your own, and that will save time for a huge mod_perl community so
that they can create even more things for others to use."
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