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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

Accessor with type constraint

In this part we are adding a new attribute with an accessor that checks if the value given is in the correct type.


Accessor with type constraint


Pro: Create a lexical warning that can be turned on and off with the "warnings" pragma.

Since the release of Perl 5.6 in 2000 we can and should use the warnings pragma. It allows the turning on and off of warnings in lexical blocks, that is withing any set of curly praces.

It also allows us to create our own warnings together with our own warning categories.


Create a lexical warning that can be turned on and off with the "warnings" pragma.


Pro: Detect recursion using state variables

As you might know Perl version 5.10 has introduce a keyword called state that allows the creation of so-called state variables. These are very similar to the static variables of C. You declare them insied a function. They are scoped to the function so you cannot reach them from the outside, but they never get destroyed and they are initialized only once.

Dave Horsfall suggested to use this feature to detect unwanted recursion. Or calling the same function twice.


Detect recursion using state variables