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Embedding Perl in HTML with Mason
Mason doesn't aim to be the one true Perl-based templating system for building web sites, but it's led many programmers to abandon their custom solutions when they've seen how much easier using Mason can be. It's a powerful, open source, Perl-based web site development and delivery engine, with features that make it an ideal backend for high load sites serving dynamic cont ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 23rd 2002 by O'Reilly Media
(first published October 16th 2002)
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Perl doesn't do much to encourage best practices, and Mason is even worse. I've seen a lot of Mason and it has all been pretty ugly. Also, Mason is a text templating system, not an HTML templating system, so there's nothing to enforce valid output when used for a website. In my experience, Mason components tend to be a disgusting mixture of business logic and presentation logic. You certainly can separate them (please put your business logic in Perl modules), but in practice it doesn't seem to h ...more
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