"Static web pages sufficed back when the web was young.
Information flowed one way (like it does on most corporate sites
today). Those days are long behind us -- if you want dynamic and
interactive content, a whole host of technologies have appeared to
fill in the gaps."
"Enter Perl and CGI -- the original Swiss Army chainsaw of
programming met the standard for exchanging data over HTTP and it
was good. Thousands and thousands of programmers discovered this
combination of power and simplicity, and the web has never been the
same. Now, it's your turn to descend into the mysteries of query
strings and stateless transactions, hoping to emerge successfully
with the knowledge of simple -- yet interactive -- web
"In this second edition, the authors have gone far beyond CGI
circa 1996. New topics include XML, search engines, security, and
high performance Perl-based alternatives to CGI. How far we've
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