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Beginners Guide to CGI in Perl

by Nathan Poole

This article, or tutorial if you will, is designed to teach you some very basic lessons in programming Perl. This will not make you a professional, and certainly doesn't deem as resume worthy. Perl is a very friendly language and my intent is to make that clear for everyone who hasn't had the opportunity to try it out.

This tutorial was built with the idea that Windows95/98/NT users would be using it. We will be working with Perl in MS-DOS, Perl will be installed, and you'll be making a few simple programs. I'm not suggesting I can compare to the many great books available on Perl, two notable ones are "Learning Perl 2nd Edition" and "Effective Perl Programming". These titles can be found at www.fatbrain.com.

What can Perl do for you? The question is more, what can't it do for you. No, it can't drive the kids the soccer practice or please your significant other, but it can make your life a lot easier. With CGI (Common Gateway Interface) you can create programs to update your Web page, allow users to send you email, check errors, and pretty much anything else you can think of. There are very few limitations.



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