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  • I've got to agree with you, at least in terms of people using mod_perl for super-CGI rather than using mod_perl's strengths.

    At Red Hat, we did a little of both. CGI-type scripts for short-term or one-off projects, and sometimes for prototypes. But most of was running under Apache::ASP (that might have changed by now, though). The guys who cooked up the site used their own ASP-like system, but it too was done as a location-handler, not a souped-up CGI library.

    Unfortunately (and I willingly risk the wrath of any current co-worker who sees this), my every effort to develop applications using the full mod_perl platform at my current gig have met with resistance. They feel that the performance of Apache::Registry is comparable to a more integrated mod_perl location handler, and the latter requires server re-start when you update it, whereas Apache::Registry can better handle hot-swapping of code. After the first couple of times, I quit arguing.



    • There are real problems with Apache::Registry, principally with the magic required to turn your CGI into a module and what that does to your subroutines. Also, reloading things on the fly, while easy to add to handlers with Apache::Reload, will kill your shared memory, and should not be allowed on a production server.

      If you must use Apache::Registry, use something like CGI::Application so that you can avoid all of the subroutine traps that Registry causes.