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Subject cvs commit: modperl-docs/src/start index_top.html
Date Wed, 24 Apr 2002 04:20:59 GMT
moseley     02/04/23 21:20:59

  Added:       src/start index_top.html
  Adding the What is mod_perl? text
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  Index: index_top.html
      <title>What is mod_perl?</title> 
      <meta name="Description" content="Apache + Perl = mod_perl">
  <body bgcolor="white">
  <h1>mod_perl is the marriage of Apache and Perl</h1>
  mod_perl brings together two of the most powerful and mature
  technologies available to the web professional today.
  Simply <a href="../download/">install</a> mod_perl
  and you have the <b>full power</b> of the <a href="">Apache
Web Server</a>
  at your fingertips:
      <a name="registry"></a>
      <b>Accelerate your existing dynamic content</b>
              The standard Apache::Registry module can provide 100x speedups for your
              existing CGI scripts and reduce the load on your server at the same
              time. A few changes to the web server's config is all that is required
              to run your existing CGI scripts at lightning speed.
              <a class="more" href="tips/registry.html">more&nbsp;&#187;</a>
      <a name="handler"></a>
      <b>Easily create custom modules that become part of Apache</b>
              With the power of Perl, writing custom modules to extend and
              enhance Apache is a snap.  Content handlers can be written in just
              a few lines of code and can be quickly integrated with existing
              modules specifically designed for use with mod_perl, or with
              modules freely available from the <a href="">CPAN</a>.
              <a class="more" href="tips/handler.html">more&nbsp;&#187;</a>
      <a name="logging"></a>
      <b>Gain access to all request stages</b>
              mod_perl is not only about super fast content generation.
              With mod_perl all phases of the request cycle can be accessed
              and controlled.  No other web acceleration product gives you this
              much control.
              Imagine the power of mod_rewrite combined with the power of Perl!
              Rewrite URLs based on the content of a directory structure, settings
              stored in a relational database, or the phase of the moon.
              Write custom authentication and authorization modules to integrate with
              existing user databases or take advantage of the well-supported CPAN
              modules to extend the abilities of Apache. You can even create custom
              logging tailored to your site's specific needs. 
              <a class="more" href="tips/logging.html">more&nbsp;&#187;</a>
      <a name="config"></a>
      <b>Configure Apache with Perl</b>
              Perl can be used right in your httpd.conf file.  Apache can be dynamically
              configured during startup.  Everything from virtual hosts to authentication
              settings can be configured via Perl.  URL translation logic can be added right
              in your httpd.conf file.  Settings can be adjusted on a per-request basis and
              values passed from code in httpd.conf to your content generation modules.
              You can even generate complete HTTP output from the httpd.conf configuration
              <a class="more" href="tips/config.html">more&nbsp;&#187;</a>
      <a name="modules"></a>
      <b>Install Third-party modules</b>
              Third-party modules give you application functionality such as
              <b>sessions</b>, <b>passwords</b> and <b>database
              <a class="more" href="tips/modules.html">more&nbsp;&#187;</a>
      <b>Application Frameworks</b>
              There are many high-level packages built on top of the mod_perl infrastructure
              to help you develop scalable and easily managed dynamic sites.
              All are well supported and maintain a loyal group of users.
              You can select from a number of templating systems or application frameworks
              for use with mod_perl.
              See the mod_perl <a href="../products/app-server.html">Products</a>
section for more
      <b>Apache 2.0 support</b>
              With mod_perl you can take advantage of the features of Apache 2.0.
              For example, custom protocol handlers can be written in Perl.
      <b>Active Support Community</b>
              mod_perl has all the support anyone could ask for.
              Response time to questions posted on any of the mod_perl related
              <a href="../maillist/index.html">lists</a> is often minutes.  And
              with such a large installed base there's often someone that knows
              the answer to your specific question.
              In addition, a wealth of well maintained documentation is
              available online through this web site.
              For off-line, spend your time with excellent
              <a href="../docs/offsite/books.html">books</a> about mod_perl.
              There's nothing like curling up in bed with a good book.  Or someone that's
read one.
  Now, it's time to <a href="../docs/1.0/guide/getwet.html">Get Your Feet Wet</a>
with <b>mod_perl</b>.
  <p>Like all Apache Software Foundation projects, mod_perl is licensed
  under <a href="LICENSE.txt">The Apache License</a>.</p>

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