Secret Programming Language Powers the Web?
Itís a highly dynamic, fully capable Web programming language and is compatible
with just about every single browser ever invented, itís lightweight, fast,
and almost never, ever crashes? Neither Microsoft nor Sun is hyping it,
or ActiveX. Itís been a proven technology since the beginning of the web.
Until now only hardcore Web developers, have even heard of Practical Extraction
and Report Language, or "perl." If you're feeling academic in the head,
you can study the origins and benefits of perl. However, since you've already
found the FreePerlCode.com site we assume that you already understand a
little more about perl and ready to start right in.
Well start with a little clarification about the difference between
CGI and perl. CGI refers to Common Gateway Interface, a means by which
Web servers talk to external programs, which in turn send processed results
back to the server, which then sends them to you. CGI programs can be written
in any programming language, but are most frequently written in perl or
Would I Use Perl?
is that perl does its work on the server side, rather than inside the browser.
After a perl script runs, its results Ė usually in HTML format Ė are sent
back to the browser as a complete document. Peril's advantages are that
it can do heavy lifting on fast machines, it can process information that
resides on the server itself, and because it returns completed HTML documents,
doesn't require any special plug-ins or capabilities on the part of the
user. That's why things like search engines often use perl Ė the searchable
database resides on the server, not on your machine. As its name implies,
Perl also happens to excel at text processing.
Perl is also usually behind the scenes at sites that include page-hit
counters, ad banners, guest books, message boards, online forms, interactived
databases, and more. All of which you will find right here and all for
Haven't I Heard More About Perl?
It's pretty simple really. No one makes money from sale of the perl
language. It is freeware. Although it's been powering the web for years,
it's really not to any ones advantage to let the world know about it. However,
in spite of all this Perl continues to gain acceptance across the web.
Another reason you may not be the aware of perl is that it grew up on
Unix. It grew up right long side of the Internet, which is probably why
it's such a nice fit.
Do I Install A Perl Script?
Before you think about installing a Perl script
you must make sure that you are able to run a Perl script on your site.
Also youíll need some basic software tools. More...