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From r..@ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau)
Subject Re: mod_perl testing
Date Thu, 02 May 1996 16:17:09 GMT
A bit of perspective --- there are two ways to view mod_perl.  One of them
is as a better way of implementing CGI-style functionality.  In this view, the
usual CGI restrictions are desirable and make sense.  Another is as a Perl
binding to the API.  Since API code is generally viewed as becoming part of
the server, able to function without restriction (save only for restrictions
it allows webmasters to impose on its own function), on that view, it would
be an design error to make it more restrictive.

One way out might be to reflect this distinction in mod_perl, allowing people
to declare both "module-like entities" (which can do anything a C-coded module
could do) and "script-like entities" --- with, of course, dramatically tighter
restrictions on who can create the former and where the server would look for
them.

rst

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