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Working on this month's XML column, I wrote my first simple search application for Amazon. It's a very simple piece of Perl, and I haven't bothered developing an XSL stylesheet for the returned XML yet (especially as I'm requesting the "heavy" version of the response XML). But, it does work. And the code to do it is surprisingly short. I am a bit annoyed though that Amazon has yet to release an updated version of WSParser.pm for the 2.1 version of their API - as the version in the 1.0 SDK is now broken...

Meanwhile I have yet to work out why the fresh install of Mandrake 9.0 on my home development system isn't running CGI applications. I have a feeling it's probably due to the Perl proxy support it has out of the box, but that's just a guess so far... It's annoying, as trying to debug that took up nearly 4 hours, time that could have been spent in actually writing body copy.

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perlmonger
Oct. 28th, 2002 02:17 pm (UTC)
mandrake
My advice (FWIW) is to throw the default Apache in the bin.

Is dead easy to build from source (with or without mod_perl), and you end up with a sane, simple config - unlike what Mandrake installs out of the box.

Also, RPM truly is a loathsome thing.
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