[sf-perl] Browser front ends to perl back ends
rdm at cfcl.com
Fri Jan 19 11:39:57 PST 2007
If you're only going to be wrapping a few commands,
you can get away with writing the wrappers by hand.
If you're going to be doing dozens (or hundreds), a
mechanized approach may become worthwhile.
That is, figure out a way to describe the pages and
their actions in a declarative manner, then write a
generator (or interpreter) that creates the desired
page for each URL. Vicki did something like this,
20 years ago, for the "Commando" feature of A/UX.
I'm sure you know this, but it needs to be said:
Creating gateways from web pages to commands
is a really easy way to introduce security
So, be cautious. Run the commands with the minimum
possible privilege. Check all user input carefully.
http://www.cfcl.com/rdm Rich Morin
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