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Modern Perl Web Frameworks

  • Mojolicious light-weight web framework with rainbows and unicorns.
  • Perl Dancer light-weight web framework to rock.
  • Catalyst The MVC web framework of Perl.
  • PSGI/Plack, the low-level superglue between Perl web application frameworks and web servers.
  • CGI, the Common Gateway Interface, for old-school web applications.

Object Oriented Perl

  • OOP, the classic way to write Object Oriented Perl code.
  • Moo, the Minimalist Object Oriented system for Perl.
  • Moose, the 'post modern' Object Oriented system for Perl.

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If you are a beginner, or would like to refresh your Perl programming knowledge, you can go over the Perl tutorial or watch the Beginner Perl Maven video course.

If you need to maintain a large piece of software written in Perl by other people in the last 5-10-15 years, that's a challenge. Especially if you did not get proper training in Perl. You are probably limited to a specific and old version of Perl. Check out, the Perl tutorial! You can probably skip the part about installing Perl, but the rest of the tutorial will be relevant for you.

Perl is often used in Test Automation. If you work in this field, or if you'd like to work in this field (it is much more fun to find bugs in other people's code than in yours :), then you can read the Perl tutorial and the series on Test Automation using Perl.

If you build new web applications - either privately or inside a company - you can start by reading the article comparing CGI, mod_perl and PSGI. From there you can go on reading the generic Perl tutorial or the articles on Mojolicious, Perl Dancer, Catalyst, PSGI/Plack, or even CGI, the Common Gateway Interface, for old-school web applications.

Recent Articles

Useless use of private variable in void context

This is another version of the Useless use of hash element in void context warning that you might get if you follow my suggestion and turn on warnings in Perl.

Useless use of private variable in void context

SQLite in Memory

There are many cases where we have some data we would like to interrogate where using SQL would make it easier to fetch data. However we would like to make things fast. Having all the data in memory is always much faster than having it on disk. Even with modern SSD-based disks.

SQLite allows us to create a database entirely in memory.

Of course this means the amount of data we can hold is limited to the available free memory and the data, in this format, will be lost once the process ends.

Nevertheless it can be very useful as temporary data storage instead of using hashes, arrays.

SQLite in Memory

Command line counter with Memcached

Memcached is a distributed memory object caching system originally written in Perl, then converted to C for high performance.

It can be used for caching data and reusing them among processes. It can also be used as an in-memory database. Today it falls in the key-value category of the NoSQL databases.

In this example we are going to use a pure Perl implementation of the server - because it is easy to install - and a pure Perl client. We are going to create a simple counter with it.

Command line counter with Memcached