Perl equivalent of PHP and JSP: Mason?

Discussion in 'Perl Misc' started by Steve Chapel, Oct 23, 2005.

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    Steve Chapel Guest

    I've been contracted to make a website that requires a certain amount of
    server-side programming. Specifically, users should be able to register
    a username and password on the site. Associated with the username will
    be contact information such as real name, email address, phone number,
    etc. Once logged in, they should be able to register for an annual
    meeting by paying with a credit card on the site.

    I've worked on websites with PHP and JSP, and I would consider using
    either of those languages. However, every time I write PHP I'm
    frustrated that I can't write in Perl, which I'm much more familiar
    with. And Java seems a tad verbose for doing the simple kinds of
    programming that the site will need -- again, I'll probably wish I were
    writing Perl.

    I've been researching the Perl equivalent of PHP and JSP, and it seems
    there are all too many alternatives: Perl Template Toolkit, embperl,
    Mason, HTML::Template, Text::Template, and probably others. Some of
    these alternatives seem to separate the Perl and HTML into two different
    files. Others, such as the Template Toolkit, require learning an
    additional language to do the templating. It seems like Mason is about
    the closest equivalent to PHP and JSP for embedding Perl into HTML. The
    Perl code is in the same file as the HTML and doesn't seem to require
    learning large amounts of additional syntax. At least that's the
    impression I get from the Mason book's comparison:

    Am I right in concluding that Mason is what I will probably want to use
    for this site as an alternative to PHP or JSP? Is it going to be just as
    easy to use Mason to accept credit cards on the site as it would be to
    use PHP? Will it be easy to find a web host that provides Mason support?
    If the answer to these questions is "no," what language would you
    recommend for the site?
    Steve Chapel, Oct 23, 2005
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    Juha Laiho Guest

    I'd say HTML::Embperl is a fair comparision with PHP. On the surface,
    Embperl doesn't list the number of libraries you get with PHP -- but
    then, with Embperl you have more or less all the native perl libraries
    at your perusal.

    Neither (PHP or Embperl) brings in quite the same level of infrastructure
    you get with JSP, but both should get the job done. Then, depending on
    your needs and wants, you may not need even Embperl -- have you considered
    creating HTML programmatically - as done in (in places where dynamic
    page generation is needed), and just separate the rest off into static
    html files?
    Juha Laiho, Oct 23, 2005
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    Matt Garrish Guest

    PerlScript in an asp page is the closest equivalent to php I've encountered,
    if you're just looking for similarity (or Apache::ASP, but I've never gone
    that route). PerlScript can be a bit flaky, though, and don't expect
    ActiveState to listen to your complaints.

    As to what to use, only you can decide that. Look at what you know best, how
    difficult you think this project is going to be, what makes more sense in
    the long run for maintenance, and finally how quickly you want to get it off
    your plate.

    Matt Garrish, Oct 23, 2005
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    GClef Guest

    I've used a CGI to generate web pages in the past but more recently have been
    going the Apache::ASP route. The syntax for creating your HTML pages is very
    similar to PHP (e.g. <%=$var%> -vs- <?=$var?>) and much the same flexibility for
    editing pages.

    GClef, Oct 24, 2005
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