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Foreword

Foreword

I started playing around with the Web a long time ago—at least, it feels that way. The first versions of Mosaic had just showed up, Gopher and Wais were still hot technology, and I discovered an HTTP server program called Plexus. What was different was it was implemented in Perl. That made it easy to extend. CGI was not invented yet, so all we had were servlets (although we didn’t call them that then). Over time, I moved from hacking on the server side to the client side but stayed with Perl as the programming language of choice. As a result, I got involved in LWP, the Perl web client library.

A lot has happened to the web since then. These days there is almost no end to the information at our fingertips: news, stock quotes, weather, government info, shopping, discussion groups, product info, reviews, games, and other entertainment. And the good news is that LWP can help automate them all.


  

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