Perl for Web Site Management

John Callender

  • 出版商: O'Reilly
  • 出版日期: 2001-11-13
  • 售價: $1,230
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$1,169
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 528
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 1565926471
  • ISBN-13: 9781565926479
  • 相關分類: Perl 程式語言
  • 已絕版



Checking links, batch editing HTML files, tracking users, and writing CGI scripts--these are the often tedious daily tasks that can be done much more easily with Perl, the scripting language that runs on almost all computing platforms. If you're more interested in streamlining your web activities than in learning a new programming language, Perl for Web Site Management is for you: it's not so much about learning Perl as it is about using Perl to do common web chores more efficiently.

The secret is that, although becoming a Perl expert may be hard, most Perl scripts are relatively simple. Using Perl and other open source tools, you'll learn how to:

  • Incorporate a simple search engine
  • Write a simple CGI gateway
  • Convert multiple text files into HTML
  • Monitor log files
  • Track users as they navigate your site

Even if you don't have any programming background, this book will get you quickly past Perl's seemingly forbidding barrier of chops and chomps, execs and elsifs. You'll be able to put an end to using clunky tools, editing files tediously by hand, or relying on programmers and system administrators to do "the hard stuff" for you. Sure, you might learn a little bit about programming as well, and perhaps something about the role of open source tools on the Web. But the purpose of Perl for Web Site Management isn't to educate you--it's to empower you. Whether you're a developer, a designer, or simply a dabbler on the Web, this book is the plain-English, hands-on introduction to Perl you've been waiting for.

Table of Contents


1. Getting Your Tools in Order
     Open Source Versus Proprietary Software
     Evaluating a Hosting Provider
     Web Hosting Alternatives
     Getting Started with SSH/Telnet
     Meet the Unix Shell
     Network Troubleshooting
     A Suitable Text Editor

2. Getting Started with Perl
     Finding Perl on Your System
     Creating the "Hello, world!" Script
     The Dot Slash Thing
     Unix File Permissions
     Running (and Debugging) the Script
     Perl Documentation
     Perl Variables
     A Bit More About Quoting
     "Hello, world!" as a CGI Script

3. Running a Form-to-Email Gateway
     Checking for
     Creating the HTML Form
     The <FORM> Tag's ACTION Attribute
     The mail_form.cgi Script
     Warnings via Perl's -w Switch
     The Configuration Section
     foreach Loops
     if Statements
     Filehandles and Piped Output
     die Statements
     Outputting the Message
     Testing the Script

4. Power Editing with Perl
     Being Careful
     Renaming Files
     Modifying HREF Attributes
     Writing the Modified Files Back to Disk

5. Parsing Text Files
     The "Dirty Data" Problem
     Required Features
     Obtaining the Data
     Parsing the Data
     Outputting Sample Data
     Making the Script Smarter
     Parsing the Category File
     Testing the Script Again

6. Generating HTML
     The Modified make_exhibit.plx Script
     Changes to &parse_exhibitor
     Adding Categories to the Company Listings
     Creating Directories
     Generating the HTML Pages
     Generating the Top-level Page

7. Regular Expressions Demystified
     Trailing Modifiers
     The Search Pattern
     Taking It for a Spin
     Thinking Like a Computer

8. Parsing Web Access Logs
     Log File Structure
     Converting IP Addresses
     The Log-Analysis Script
     Different Log File Formats
     Storing the Data
     The "Visit" Data Structure

9. Date Arithmetic
     Date/Time Conversions
     Using the Time::Local Module
     Caching Date Conversions
     Scoping via Anonymous Blocks
     Using a BEGIN Block

10. Generating a Web Access Report
     The &new_visit and &add_to_visit Subroutines
     Generating the Report
     Showing the Details of Each Visit
     Reporting the Most Popular Pages
     Fancier Sorting
     Mailing the Report
     Using cron

11. Link Checking
     Maintaining Links
     Finding Files with File::Find
     Looking for Links
     Putting It All Together
     Using CPAN
     Checking Remote Links
     A Proper Link Checker

12. Running a CGI Guestbook
     The Guestbook Script
     Taint Mode
     Guestbook Preliminaries
     Untainting with Backreferences
     File Locking
     Guestbook File Permissions

13. Running a CGI Search Tool
     Downloading and Compiling SWISH-E
     Indexing with SWISH-E
     Running SWISH-E from the Command Line
     Running SWISH-E via a CGI Script

14. Using HTML Templates
     Using Templates
     Reading Fillings Back In
     Rewriting an Entire Site

15. Generating Links
     The Docbase Concept
     The CyberFair Site's Architecture
     The Script's Data Structure
     Using Data::Dumper
     Creating Anonymous Hashes and Arrays
     Automatically Generating Links
     Inserting the Links

16. Writing Perl Modules
     A Simple Module Template
     Installing the Module
     The Cyberfair::Page Module

17. Adding Pages via CGI Script
     Why Add Pages with a CGI Script?
     A Script for Creating HTML Documents
     Controlling a Multistage CGI Script
     Using Parameterized Links
     Building a Form
     Posting Pages from the CGI Script
     Running External Commands with system and Backticks
     Race Conditions
     File Locking
     Adding Link Checking

18. Monitoring Search Engine Positioning
     Installing WWW::Search
     A Single-Search Results Tool
     A Multisearch Results Tool
     The map Function

19. Keeping Track of Users
     Stateless Transactions
     Identifying Individual Users
     Basic Authentication
     Automating User Registration
     Storing Data on the Server
     The Register Script
     The Verification Script

20. Storing Data in DBM Files
     Data Storage Options
     The tie Function
     A DBM Example Script
     Blocking Versus Nonblocking Behavior
     Storing Multilevel Data in DBM Files
     An MLDBM-Using Registration Script
     An MLDBM-Using Verification Script

21. Where to Go Next
     Unix System Administration
     Apache Server Administration and mod_perl
     Relational Databases