[Chicago-talk] October Presentation: The Mighty Mason, or Another Brick in the Wall

jason scott gessner jason at multiply.org
Mon Sep 20 16:53:08 CDT 2004

The Mighty Mason, or Another Brick in the Wall

What is Mason?  The secretive cult that rules the world?  How about the
web application framework that will rock your world? 

HTML::Mason [1] is the web application framework behind Bricolage [2],
Amazon and Salon.com [3] to drop a few names.

On Wednesday, October 6th, i will be presenting a talk on Mason at the
Chicago Perl Mongers meeting.  The meeting will not be at our normal
location in Vernon Hills.  It will be at the Grayslake Public Library
[4], north of Chicago, at 7PM.  Thanks to JT, we have what sounds like a
great place to meet.  Please be punctual as we will need to be packed up
by 8:45.

The talk will focus on HTML::Mason and show a practical example on how
to take an existing CGI based web application and convert it to
efficiently use (some of) the power of Mason.  I will have code samples
and the presentation slides posted here by Tuesday, October 5th.

Basic Outline:
*  What is HTML::Mason?
    *  How do i use it?
    * Installation
    * Basic Syntax
    * Express Yourself.
*  Why do i need to use some fancy framework?
    * Re-use/Don't Repeat Yourself
    * Make the simple things simple, and hard things possible.
*  Mason tips
    * The Autohandler
    * The dhandler
    * Components
*  A practical example.

If anyone has anything specific they would like me to talk about, please
let me know.

[1] Mason Headquarters - http://www.masonhq.com/
[2] Bricolage Content Management System - http://www.bricolage.cc/
[3] Salon Magazine - http://www.salon.com/
[4] Grayslake Public Library -

-jason scott gessner
    jason at multiply.org

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