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Forms Programming

If you create forms, sooner or later you’ll need to create the server-side application that processes them. Don’t panic. There is nothing magic about server-side programming, nor is it overly difficult. With a little practice and some perseverance, you’ll be cranking out forms applications.

The most important advice we can give about forms programming is easy to remember: copy others’ work. Writing a forms application from scratch is fairly hard; copying a functioning forms application and modifying it to support your form is far easier.

Fortunately, server vendors know this, and they usually supply sample forms applications with their server. Rummage about for a directory named cgi-src, and you should discover a number of useful examples you can easily copy and reuse.


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