The high demand for Web server scripts follows from the popularity explosion of the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW). Most of these scripts are written in Perl using the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) specification. Various Perl libraries are available for authoring custom scripts, but Perl programmers and a Perl interpreter for the web server operating system are required. A few C, FORTRAN, and even Forth libraries are also available, but they are often not intended for cross-platform use. This article discusses a C++ framework and helper classes to enable cross-platform authoring of CGI scripts. All source code is written to be portable through the use of the C++ Standard Template Library. Complete source code for the framework is also available.

By: Richard B. Lam

Published in: RC20460 in 1996

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