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CGI.pm Basics
The CGI.pm module offers Perl programmers powerful page construction and form parsing capabilities.

| The Lazy Programmer |

If you've been following along in our Perl 101 series of tutorials, you probably already know how Perl scripts can dynamically generate HTML pages in response to user input. You've learnt how to create a basic guestbook and form mailer, and you've understood the nitty-gritties of string and file manipulation.

Now that you've done all that hard work, I'm going to show you a few shortcuts that should help reduce the amount of time you spend on your Perl scripts. These shortcuts come in the form of a powerful Perl "module" called CGI.pm, which offers a number of interesting features and functions for the lazy Perl programmer.

Over the next few pages, I'm going to show you a few CGI.pm basics. So order a pizza, pop a can of Coke, unplug the telephone, and sit back - this is good stuff!

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