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Beatnik (493)

Beatnik
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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

Project Daddy of Spine [sf.net], a mod_perl based CMS.

In his superhero time (8.30 AM to 5.30 PM), he works on world peace.

Journal of Beatnik (493)

Wednesday June 23, 2004
04:00 PM

PDF::Reuse

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The past few days have been quite a challenge and I've shot myself in the foot enough to show for it.

Challenge of the week: Fill in a PDF file with data from a database... Now I know there is such a thing as fields (to which I will come later). There were several angles I investigated first. My first step was to succesfully generate a PDF. I used HTML::HTMLDoc (which is basically a wrapper for a shell call) to generate a basic listing of customer data. The next step was filling in data in an already existing PDF. In the hurry, I overlooked the field feature in PDF::Reuse and starting hacking a bit in HTML, trying to recreate the layout of the existing PDF. Needless to say, I sucked miserably. After some swearing, cursing, quick hacking (including taking the PS step), I eventually turned to PDF Fields with some libraries (including Perl modules) Adobe provides (in return for your soul) to do FDF modification. This was not exactly what I needed. At this time, it was about 1 AM. I still wanted to stay with fields and check which modules supported them. I thank Lars Lundberg for writing the module and allowing a tired techie to get some sleep at 2 AM.
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