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Saturday September 04, 2004
09:16 AM

Badger Review

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The new issue (#58) of UK magazine Linux Format contains a review of the Badger book. While they pick up on a few problems, the review is generally very positive (they give it 9/10). The last paragraph says this:

This is really an exciting area for Perl and, and these three authors are clearly passionate about the topic. The writing is sharp, to the point and - yes, this might sound odd about a topic like Perl templating - exciting. Any monkey could write a book on TT in 100 pages discussing what it does and how it works, but what these three have managed to put together is an explosion of ideas and evolutionary 'wow factor' that makes compelling reading for any Perl programmer who has looked at JSP and felt a twinge of envy.

"An explosion of ideas and evolutionary 'wow factor'" - I like that a lot :)

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  • I have be trying to decided whether I should go with Mason or TT in my web work. I have not made any headway. :-\
    • Don't ask me for advice - I'm a bit biased :)
      • Then how about this. What do you consider to be TT's strengths? Right now I am using CGI-Application with HTML-Template in a CGI environment. I am moving those to a mod_perl setup.
        • Its quicker to outline HTML::Template's strengths - if your problem doesn't fit into the small space that H::T works with then TT is the only option.

          H::T works nicely if you have only require very simple and very limited flows or constructs within a template, it also only really works where your data (no objects or classes) structure is a hash of arrays of hashes.

          Beyond that and it becomes a very specific shaped hole that few problem shapes will fit into.

          TT allows you to pass in objects and interact w


          @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
          print reverse @JAPH;
  • ... compelling reading for any Perl programmer who has looked at JSP and felt a twinge of envy

    JSP has never caused me the slightest twinge of envy. I did a lot of ASP coding when it was new and cool so I'm very familiar with the type of spaghetti code that almost inevitably results. JSP is a direct rip of the ASP concept but with the convenient, dynamic scripting language replaced with Java - the worst of both worlds!

    I've found TT and Petal templates supported by a mostly invisible mod_perl framewor

  • ...but what did they say about the technical reviewers? :-)