Among the many different approaches to "templating" with Perl--such
as Embperl, Mason, HTML:: Template, and hundreds of other lesser
known systems--the Template Toolkit is widely recognized as one of
the most versatile. Like other templating systems, the Template
Toolkit allows programmers to embed Perl code and custom macros
into HTML documents in order to create customized documents on the
fly. But unlike the others, the Template Toolkit is as facile at
producing HTML as it is at producing XML, PDF, or any other output
format. And because it has its own simple templating language,
templates can be written and edited by people who don't know Perl.
In short, the Template Toolkit combines the best features of its
competitors, with ease-of-use and flexibility, resulting in a
technology that's fast, powerful and extensible, and ideally suited
to the production and maintenance of web content and other dynamic
In "Perl Template Toolkit" you'll find detailed coverage of this
increasingly popular technology. Written by core members of the
technology's development team, the book guides you through the
entire process of installing, configuring, using, and extending the
Template Toolkit. It begins with a fast-paced but thorough tutorial
on building web content with the Template Toolkit, and then walks
you through generating and using data files, particularly with XML.
It also provides detailed information on the Template Toolkit's
modules, libraries, and tools in addition to a complete reference
Topics in the book include:
Getting started with the template toolkit
The Template language
Extending the TemplateToolkit
Advanced static web page techniques
Dynamic web content and web applications
The only book to cover this important tool, "Perl Template
Toolkit" is essential reading for any Perl programmer who wants to
create dynamic web content that is remarkably easy to maintain.
This book is your surefire guide to implementing this fast,
flexible, and powerful templating system.
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