Apache Today: Totally Modern Mod_perlJun 07, 2000, 16:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stas Bekman)
[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]
"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 mod_perl-enabled Apache."
"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."