We have all laughed at the antics of the 'donkey' in the movie Shrek or loved the character of 'Woody' in the Pixar movie, The Toy Story. However not many of us know the behind-the-curtains story of... More > these animation movies. The use of computer generated imagery or CGI animation in movies, television and commercial media, has met with increasing success over the forty years of its development and usage. However, the resounding success of these animated graphics, has also raised some interesting questions related to its techniques, popularity and its significant limitations.
This book covers several aspects of CGI and PERL such as:
- What Is CGI?
- How CGI Works
- Programming Languages
- What Is PERL?
- Why Use PERL?
and so much more!
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This book will show you how to add dynamic content to your site - from the simplest guestbook forms to database-driven shopping cart systems. You don't need any programming experience to get... More > started!
The book starts off with the basics: where to write your CGI programs; how to upload them and set file permissions; how to run them, and how to debug them when things go wrong. Then you'll move on to decoding form data and writing guestbook and form-mail programs; how to create, read, write, and search data files; how to extend your programs by using Perl modules; how to create a MySQL database, and write programs that interact with databases; you'll even learn how to build an online shopping cart program! And much more!
You can preview the first six chapters of this book here.
Houdini is a deep software package with lots of nooks and crannies to explore. This book contains 50 hints covering all aspects of the software - there's something for everyone, from beginners to... More > experts. It's not a textbook, it's a grab-bag of useful stuff.< Less