Scripting Languages: Automating the Web

Scripting Languages: Automating the Web

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Overview

Scripting Languages: Automating the Web by Shishir Gundavaram, Ron Petrusha, Lincoln Stein, Clinton Wong

In spite of all the power built into popular web utilities, the informality, ease, and rapid development cycle of scripting languages make them well suited to the constant change common to most web sites.Scripting Languages: Automating the Web guides users and developers in choosing and deploying scripting solutions. End users benefit from client-side scripting to make pages livelier, to automate form-filling, and to accelerate web user interfaces like live select-box widgets. Even the most basic web server software has scripting gateways to create more active web content. Server-side includes and markup allow servers to customize pages on-the-fly. Common Gateway Interface (CGI) hooks allow developers to create entire pages and graphics under program control.This issue of the World Wide Web Journal explores how users can add scriptable and extensible behavior to the Web in a variety of ways. For example, within the web client user interface, we offer articles on JavaScript (Nick Heinle), Python (Guido van Rossum), and VBScript (Paul Lomax). Next, within the web server programming interface, see Lincoln Stein's article on exploring CGI with Perl, Ron Petrusha's "Why WIN-CGI?", and Clint Wong's description of LWP — the library modules for WWW access in Perl. Finally, as a back-end gateway to other services, are articles on World Wide Web gateways (Shishir Gundavaram) and web database connectivity with scripting (Peter Lazar).In addition, this issue examines the web-wide impact of Perl as the scripting language of choice for webmasters everywhere, with an in-depth article featuring Perl developers Larry Wall and Tom Christiansen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565922655
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/08/1997
Series: World Wide Web Journal Series
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Shishir Gundavaram graduated from Boston University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in May of 1995. For his undergraduate thesis, he developed a Windows application for the Motor Unit Lab of the NeuroMuscular Research Center that allowed researchers to acquire and analyze muscle force output from patients to indirectly observe the electrical activity of muscles. He was the sole author of CGI Programming on the World Wide Web, published by O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., in 1996.

Ron Petrusha is an editor for O'Reilly and is the author/coauthor of many books, including VBScript in a Nutshell. Ron has a background in quantitative labor history, specializing in Russian labor history, and holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Columbia University. He began working with computers in the mid 1970s, programming in SPSS (a programmable statistical package) and FORTRAN on the IBM 370 family. Since then, he has been a computer book buyer, an editor of a number of books on Windows and Unix, and a consultant on projects written in dBASE, Clipper, and Visual Basic.

Lincoln Stein is an assistant investigator at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he develops databases and user interfaces for the Human Genome Project using the Apache server and its module API. He is the author of several books about programming for the Web, including The Official Guide to CGI.pm, How to Set Up and Maintain a Web Site, and Web Security: A Step-by-Step Reference Guide.

Clinton Wong authored Web Client Programming, published by O'Reilly & Associates in 1997. Clinton works on network and security related projects in the Silicon Valley bay area.

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