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If you haven't yet met Perl ... well, you've missed quite a character. Perl has been around for a while, and data is hardly its only trick. Perl can do a good job with most phases of getting information from databases to a Web page. Its longevity has a couple of benefits: It has lots of support -- the database access API and DBI (http://dbi.symbolstone.org) for example -- and virtually every server running almost any operating system will have Perl on it to run programs.

Some people swear by Perl; others swear at it. It's not elegant, but it will do the job for data.

This article was originally published on Feb 21, 2002

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