Perl is more viable for web development than ever!
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This is an old question, but I thought I should update the readers. I am happy to report that in my opinion Perl is more viable for web development than ever! Along with old friends
Catalyst and (recently revamped)
Mason, there are some great new entries
Mojolicious (or visit mojolicio.us) and
Dancer. I’m sure there are others too.
PSGI is an interface between Perl web applications and web servers, and Plack is a Perl module and toolkit that contains PSGI middleware, helpers and adapters to web servers.
With these improvements have come more cloud hosting platforms: for a couple examples read more here.
Perl itself is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. Between
Moose object framework (and lighter clones like
Mouse) and the ideals of the
Modern Perl movement (readability while using modern best practices), Perl seems to be growing and its users are excited and motivated.
Personally I have been enjoying Mojolicious. I like its built-in servers and templating engine. I also like that you can make a
Mojolicious::Lite application in a single file! That said I really haven’t played with Dancer or other frameworks, so if you are coming back to Perl or new to Perl, I would encourage you to take a look at those too.
In closing Perl-for-web has come a long way since CGI.pm. If you’ve been away for a while, its worth another look.