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Chapter 1. Introducing CGI and mod_perl

This chapter provides the foundations on which the rest of the book builds. In this chapter, we give you:

  • A history of CGI and the HTTP protocol.

  • An explanation of the Apache 1.3 Unix model, which is crucial to understanding how mod_perl 1.0 works.

  • An overall picture of mod_perl 1.0 and its development.

  • An overview of the difference between the Apache C API, the Apache Perl API (i.e., the mod_perl API), and CGI compatibility. We will also introduce the Apache::Registry and Apache::PerlRun modules.

  • An introduction to the mod_perl API and handlers.

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