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A.18 Chapter 19, CGI Programming

  1. Here's one way to do it:

    use strict;
    use CGI qw(:standard);
    
    print header(), start_html("Add Me");
    print h1("Add Me");
    if(param()) {
        my $n1 = param('field1');
        my $n2 = param('field2');
        my $n3 = $n2 + $n1;
        print p("$n1 + $n2 = <strong>$n3</strong>\n");
    } else {
        print hr(), start_form();
        print p("First Number:", textfield("field1"));
        print p("Second Number:", textfield("field2"));
        print p(submit("add"), reset("clear"));
        print end_form(), hr();
    }
    print end_html();

    If there's no input, simply generate a form with two textfields (using the textfield method). If there is input, we add the two fields together and print the result.

  2. Here's one way to do it:

    use strict;
    use CGI qw(:standard);
    
    print header(), start_html("Browser Detective");
    print h1("Browser Detective"), hr();
    my $browser = $ENV{'HTTP_USER_AGENT'};
    $_ = $browser;
    
    BROWSER:{
        if (/msie/i) {
                msie($_);
        } elsif (/mozilla/i) {
                netscape($_);
        } elsif (/lynx/i) {
                lynx($_);
        } else {
                default($_);
        }
    }
    
    print end_html();
    sub msie{ 
        print p("Internet Explorer: @_.  Good Choice\n");
    }
    
    sub netscape {
        print p("Netscape: @_.  Good Choice\n");
    }
    
    sub lynx {
        print p("Lynx: @_.  Shudder...");
    }
    
    sub default {
        print p("What the heck is a @_?");
    }

    The key here is checking the environment for the HTTP_USER_AGENT variable. Although this isn't implemented by every server, many of them do set it. This is a good way to generate content geared to the features of a particular browser. Note that we're just doing some basic string matching (case insensitive) to see what they're using (nothing too fancy).


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