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ISAPI Perl Primer

By Gunther Birznieks (Send Email)
Posted Aug 16, 2000


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ISAPI Perl is a version of Perl for ISAPI-compliant Microsoft Windows-based Web servers. Essentially, ISAPI Perl builds on CGI/Perl. In the early days of Web servers, Common Gateway Interface (CGI) allowed Perl programs to interact with a user's browser through the Web server. ISAPI Perl is a version of Perl for ISAPI-compliant Microsoft Windows-based Web servers. Essentially, ISAPI Perl builds on CGI/Perl. In the early days of Web servers, Common Gateway Interface (CGI) allowed Perl programs to interact with a user's browser through the Web server.

However, CGI/Perl applications have one primary disadvantage: speed. Every time a CGI/Perl-based application is launched by the Web server, a new process is started, and the Perl script must be compiled by the Perl interpreter.

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