Perl and CGI
- Still going strong Perl has dominated server-side development for years. While other environments - ASP, JSP, ColdFusion, and maybe Zope - are digging into its market share, Perl still remains critical to an enormous number of Web sites.
- Scalable and powerful While Perl's earliest CGI implementation had enormous overhead issues, more recent developments (notably Perl 5, mod_perl, and ISAPI) have made Perl much more of a contender on performance grounds.
- A different approach Unlike the DOM-based models presented earlier, most Perl development uses XML::Parser, which presents information as a series of events rather than a document tree. Built on top of James Clark's highly efficient Expat parser, this gives Perl capabilities that none of the other scripting languages have for creating small and efficient utilities.
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