This book shows you how to add a guestbook, order form, page counter, or other interactive elements to your website using Perl and CGI. You'll learn:• Where to write your CGI programs; how to upload them and set file permissions; how to run them, and how to debug them when things go wrong• How to decode form data and save it to a file or e-mail it to yourself• How to create, read, write, and search files• How to use Server-Side Includes to add dynamic content to your web site, plus a complete list of Apache SSI directives• How to use random numbers for displaying banner ads and random images• How to redirect visitors to another site• How to extend your programs with modules• How to create a MySQL database, and write programs that interact with databases using the DBI module• How to build an online shopping cart• How to e-mail attachments with a CGI• How to write secure programs, and protect your programs against hackers and spammers• How to password-protect an area of your website. . . and much more!Visit www.cgi101.com/book to read the first six chapters online, and to view sample code from the book.
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