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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • All the interfaces I have built in the last 4 years or so use HTML or the command line (or both).

    Is there going to be an XML section in the cookbook?

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    mirod
    • While it is the case that many programmers want to use a browser for an interface, there are considerable difficulties with this approach. First, you have to create a state maintenance mechanism. Second, it's tough to duplicate true application behavior with a Web-based GUI.

      Right now, I'm building a "temporary" CGI application that will be replaced with a desktop app when we have time. Originally, the designers had it create a lot of pop-ups for searching. However, the pop-ups can't be used as a modal

      • Well, as most of the code I write is of the type "set parameters right, shoot, wait for results, go home" I don't have that kind of problem. Plain vanilla HTML is more than enough for me (for example, I just used multi-valued checkboxes for the first time 1 hour ago).

        I agree that HTML does not give you nearly as much power as a regular GUI. It's just that you don't necessarily need the full power. The added bonus is also that with a web-based interface, users expect the application to be slow (they are rarely disapointed ;--) so you can take your sweet time in the back-end and forget about all those painful optimizations to get a good response time.

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        mirod