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Many people already have a bunch of Perl CGI programs running on their server or are familiar with writing programs in a CGI environment. This section will cover using Modperl::Registry under mod_perl 2 to accelerate CGI scripts. It will also discuss other mod_perl tools that can accelerate web serving such as Apache::DBI for caching database handles and common server configurations used to save memory.
One of the main reasons to use mod_perl is to enhance or extend Apache functionality because coding and testing in C can be a drag. This section of the tutorial will discuss how to write Apache modules using Perl, how to work with some of the phases of the Apache request cycle, and how to use Apache::Test to test code.
Many people are still running under Apache 1 and mod_perl 1. This section will cover the tools provided to migrate mod_perl 1 code to mod_perl 2. It will include a sample migration using a simple module. This will also serve as an introduction to the new methods available under mod_perl 2.
Jim Brandt is a systems architect at the University at Buffalo and Vice President of the Perl Foundation. He’s co-author of “mod_perl 2 User’s Guide” from OnyxNeon Press, an editor and contributor for “The Perl Review,” and has written for Perl.com. He has presented at many conferences including YAPC::NA and the Gartner Open Source Summit.