Who will benefit most from this site? (return to top)
Those who are remotely hosted and want to create a dynamic yet compatible user friendly site will benefit most from this site.
What do I need to create such a site? (return to top)
Obviously, you will need a web site. Your site must have CGI capabilty and have PERL installed. This is in addition to FTP access. Telnet access is not necessary, but makes life much easier. If your local system is running under Windows95, that will make life easier too.
Where can I find a host that meets all these requirements? (return to top)
Here is a list of recomended hosts:
What is PERL? (return to top)
What is CGI? (return to top)
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 C++.
When Would I Use Perl? (return to top)
Perl is also usually behind the scenes at sites that include page-hit counters, ad banners, guestbooks, message boards, online forms, interactive databases, and more.
Where can i find FREE Perl code? (return to top)
You can find all you need at the following site:
Why Haven’t I Heard More About Perl? (return to top)
It’s pretty simple really. No one makes money from perl. 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 no 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.