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  • There is talk of a second edition and some of what you brought up is likely to be covered.

    For now, I'm finishing up one book (Unix PowerTools)
    and then I'm taking a long walk off a short pier. :-)

    Thanks again.
    • They're doing a second edition to Unix Power Tools? That's cool. That's one of my favorite ORA books, even if I don't use it so much any more.

      On a slightly different tangent, one thing I'm beginning to notice about a lot of bundles is that they tend to roll their own servers that provide only very basic server functionality, and Frontier::Daemon falls into the same category (which I realize is a subclass of HTTP::Daemon).

      I'd really like to see some sort of ultra-flexible & robust super class that

      • /me opens can of worms

        There are good reasons to use a standalone HTTP server. Look at Samba's SWAT utility, for instance. However, the Apache project is such a great platform for serving dynamic content, it seems foolish to try to to reimpliment it in Perl. So, my preference is to show people how to exploit Apache with XML-RPC (or SOAP) and leave the standalone HTTP servers for "vertical" applications.

        Once again, I'm beginning to thing about what I'd show in the 2nd ed. of XML-RPC and I now I'd talk about HTTPS, authentication/authorization and mod_perl more. Apache is a natural fit for these, but, of course, these topics can be covered using some form of HTTP::Daemon or Net::Server.

        A quick note about UPT3, there will not be a CD-ROM with this book. I think the idea is that the Internet is so pervasive that a CD-ROM is unnecessary. So all the CD-ROM programs whose source code wouldn't fit cleanly into the text has been excised. The Perl chapter now has actual Perl content (go figure) and generally, areas that had hand waving have more specifics. It took five authors to finish this 3rd edition. Hopefully, the suck knob was turned down, not up, on the book. We are trying to get the book out by OSCon2002, but I don't know if that will happen.