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Excellent point: ++.

CGI.pm is definitely been better than what most new programmers could write on the first try. But by the same token, it would be easier for most people to write their own CGI handler, MIME parser, browser isolation layer, and formatting system than to figure out CGI.pm.

My own objection to CGI.pm is the interface itself. Interfaces are protocols, and ideally, a library interface should be easier to learn and use than the thing it abstracts. I'd personally argue that CGI.pm's interface is both harder to learn and less flexible than the CGI per se.

It didn't start that way, but bloat is part of the natural software lifecycle. When something gets so big and unwieldy that people would rather reimplement it than learn the existing version, it's time to clean house. The new versions aren't waste, they're competition, and competition is a Good Thing.


In reply to Re: Re: RFC CGI.pm refactoring by mstone
in thread RFC CGI.pm refactoring by tachyon

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