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Perl for Web Site Management HTML Generation, Link Checking, Simple CGI, and More

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ISBN-10: 1565926471

ISBN-13: 9781565926479

Edition: 2001

Authors: John Callender, Linda Mui

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Checking links, batch editing HTML files, tracking users, and writing CGI scripts--these are the often tedious daily tasks that can be done much more easily with Perl, the scripting language that runs on almost all computing platforms. If you're more interested in streamlining your web activities than in learning a new programming language, "Perl for Web Site Management is for you: it's not so much about learning Perl as it is about using Perl to do common web chores more efficiently. The secret is that, although becoming a Perl expert may be hard, most Perl scripts are relatively simple. Using Perl and other open source tools, you'll learn how to: Incorporate a simple search engine …    
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

John Callender is an independent consultant specializing in web development. He has been a teacher, writer, editor, and network administrator.

Getting Your Tools in Order
Open Source Versus Proprietary Software
Evaluating a Hosting Provider
Web Hosting Alternatives
Getting Started with SSH/Telnet
Meet the Unix Shell
Network Troubleshooting
A Suitable Text Editor
Getting Started with Perl
Finding Perl on Your System
Creating the "Hello, world!" Script
The Dot Slash Thing
Unix File Permissions
Running (and Debugging) the Script
Perl Documentation
Perl Variables
A Bit More About Quoting
"Hello, world!" as a CGI Script
Running a Form-to-Email Gateway
Checking for
Creating the HTML Form
The [left angle bracket]FORM[right angle bracket] Tag's ACTION Attribute
The mail_form.cgi Script
Warnings via Perl's-w Switch
The Configuration Section
foreach Loops
if Statements
Filehandles and Piped Output
die Statements
Outputting the Message
Testing the Script
Power Editing with Perl
Being Careful
Renaming Files
Modifying HREF Attributes
Writing the Modified Files Back to Disk
Parsing Text Files
The "Dirty Data" Problem
Required Features
Obtaining the Data
Parsing the Data
Outputting Sample Data
Making the Script Smarter
Parsing the Category File
Testing the Script Again
Generating HTML
The Modified make_exhibit.plx Script
Changes to andparse_exhibitor
Adding Categories to the Company Listings
Creating Directories
Generating the HTML Pages
Generating the Top-level Page
Regular Expressions Demystified
Trailing Modifiers
The Search Pattern
Taking It for a Spin
Thinking Like a Computer
Parsing Web Access Logs
Log File Structure
Converting IP Addresses
The Log-Analysis Script
Different Log File Formats
Storing the Data
The "Visit" Data Structure
Date Arithmetic
Date/Time Conversions
Using the Time::Local Module
Caching Date Conversions
Scoping via Anonymous Blocks
Using a BEGIN Block
Generating a Web Access Report
The andnew_visit and andadd_to_visit Subroutines
Generating the Report
Showing the Details of Each Visit
Reporting the Most Popular Pages
Fancier Sorting
Mailing the Report
Using cron
Link Checking
Maintaining Links
Finding Files with File::Find
Looking for Links
Putting It All Together
Using CPAN
Checking Remote Links
A Proper Link Checker
Running a CGI Guestbook
The Guestbook Script
Taint Mode
Guestbook Preliminaries
Untainting with Backreferences
File Locking
Guestbook File Permissions
Running a CGI Search Tool
Downloading and Compiling SWISH-E
Indexing with SWISH-E
Running SWISH-E from the Command Line
Running SWISH-E via a CGI Script
Using HTML Templates
Using Templates
Reading Fillings Back In
Rewriting an Entire Site
Generating Links
The Docbase Concept
The CyberFair Site's Architecture
The Script's Data Structure
Using Data::Dumper
Creating Anonymous Hashes and Arrays
Automatically Generating Links
Inserting the Links
Writing Perl Modules
A Simple Module Template
Installing the Module
The Cyberfair::Page Module
Adding Pages via CGI Script
Why Add Pages with a CGI Script?
A Script for Creating HTML Documents
Controlling a Multistage CGI Script
Using Parameterized Links
Building a Form
Posting Pages from the CGI Script
Running External Commands with system and Backticks
Race Conditions
File Locking
Adding Link Checking
Monitoring Search Engine Positioning
Installing WWW::Search
A Single-Search Results Tool
A Multisearch Results Tool
The map Function
Keeping Track of Users
Stateless Transactions
Identifying Individual Users
Basic Authentication
Automating User Registration
Storing Data on the Server
The Register Script
The Verification Script
Storing Data in DBM Files
Data Storage Options
The tie Function
A DBM Example Script
Blocking Versus Nonblocking Behavior
Storing Multilevel Data in DBM Files
An MLDBM-Using Registration Script
An MLDBM-Using Verification Script
Where to Go Next
Unix System Administration
Apache Server Administration and mod_perl
Relational Databases