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Summary

This chapter continued the discussion from Chapter 15, focusing on the Common Gateway Interface scripts and programs that are required to process HTML form data. You learned what CGI scripts are and how they work. You learned how form data is submitted to the script, parsed into useful data, and stored in variables. You also saw how such form data can be sent, if desired, via e-mail.

The second part of the chapter focused on getting and installing CGI scripts, including a discussion of some online resources and some representative scripts for form processing. There was also a brief discussion of what’s in store for you if you opt to learn a scripting language and attempt to write your own scripts.


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