Perl for the Web is a book I wrote that was published by New Riders in August 2001. It provides tools and strategies to improve the performance of existing Web applications in Perl. It also provides principles and ideas that help Web programmers create an extensible framework for future growth.
The full text of the book is offered right here. The chapters are stored in an XML form and published to HTML and WML using the techniques from Chapters 16 and 17. There are no figures or images, but all the text is there and code sections are both readable and downloadable.
Sadly, Perl for the Web is no longer in print. You can probably still pick up a remaindered copy for a couple bucks at a used bookstore.
Table of Contents
- Sources of Unexpected Traffic
- Budget and Schedules Aren’t Ideal
- Site Design vs. Application Design
- Prototypes vs. Live Sites
- Architecture-Based Performance Loss
- Often-Overlooked Problems
- Perl For the Web
- Performance Myths
- The Power of Persistence
- Tools For Perl Persistence
- Problems With Persistence
- Environments For Reducing Development Time
- Using Templates with Perl Applications
- Database-Backed Web Sites
- Testing Site Performance
- XML And Content Management
- Publishing XML for the Future
- XML as a B2B Interface
- Web Services
- Scaling a Perl Solution
- Perl 6 and the Future
Part I: The Problems
Part II: The Solutions
Part III: Planning For the Future
Apache::PSP (mentioned in the book) is available from CPAN. It hasn’t been updated recently, but the code is release-quality.