Published by OnyxNeon in August 2007.
Date: August 2007
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If you aren't familiar with mod_perl, it's a combination of Perl and Apache. Apache is the most popular free and open source webserver that delivers most of the pages on Internet. Perl is a very popular programming language, that used to be the language of choice for web-programming (though now many other languages are widely used, some more popular than the others). And finally mod_perl allows programmers to develop the software in Perl and take advantage of a very rich API that Apache provides (and which is not available through the CGI interface). For more information see: http://perl.apache.org/.
mod_perl 2, the next generation of the Apache Perl module, gives you full access to the Apache 2 internals via the Perl programming language, just as mod_perl 1 gave you access to Apache 1. New features in Apache and Perl make mod_perl 2 even more powerful and useful than before, allowing you to quickly write and deploy fast, robust web applications.
As with any major upgrade, there are new features and key changes to mod_perl from the 1.x generation. The mod_perl 2 User's Guide explains these key changes and demonstrates the tools that you can use to port modules and migrate your existing code. Improvements in Apache 2 and mod_perl 2 include:
Apache::Testtesting framework, useful for Perl and non-Perl Apache modules, allows you to develop fully-tested web applications to verify features and guard against regression.
ModPerl::Registryand override methods as needed.
This guide provides installation and configuration
guidelines, as well as descriptions of all of the ways you can plug into
the Apache request cycle. You'll also learn how to write mod_perl handlers
to deliver content with rapid response times and to leverage your existing
CGI scripts with
Whether you're new to mod_perl or migrating from mod_perl 1, the mod_perl 2 User's Guide will give you the information you need to get up and running on Apache 2 and mod_perl 2.
An interview with Jim Brandt by Andy Lester.
Check out the Practical mod_perl book, by Stas Bekman and Eric Cholet. Full content of the book is available online. Stas also created a site where you can read free online books. You of course are familiar with his oldest site is stason.org.
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