SPUG: HTML::Mason - anyone ever used it?

Daniel Chetlin daniel at chetlin.com
Mon Dec 4 01:45:31 CST 2000

On Fri, Dec 01, 2000 at 12:37:56PM -0800, Jonathan Gardner wrote:
> Curious whether anyone has ever used HTML::Mason before. They have their own
> website (http://www.masonhq.com/) and it looks a lot like something I was
> thinking of doing to make CGI/Perl work a lot easier.
> Just wondering what their reputation is, and what difficulties anyone who
> has ever tried to use it encountered.

I use Mason on a daily basis, and would highly recommend it. It's got a
lot of features that you won't find in other templating systems. It also
has drawbacks, and is a young and actively developed product.

Most major difficulty I've encountered: it doesn't give useful line
numbers when reporting errors. This is scheduled to be fixed, but is a
more difficult problem than it sounds, and may be a while.

Other similar systems to consider: the Template Toolkit, and (dare I
say) Zope.


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