In spite of all the power built into popular web utilities, the informality, ease, and rapid development cycle of scripting languages make them well suited to the constant change common to most web sites.
Scripting Languages: Automating the Web guides users and developers in choosing and deploying scripting solutions. End users benefit from client-side scripting to make pages livelier, to automate form-filling, and to accelerate web user interfaces like live select-box widgets. Even the most basic web server software has scripting gateways to create more active web content. Server-side includes and markup allow servers to customize pages on-the-fly. Common Gateway Interface (CGI) hooks allow developers to create entire pages and graphics under program control.
In addition, this issue examines the web-wide impact of Perl as the scripting language of choice for webmasters everywhere, with an in-depth article featuring Perl developers Larry Wall and Tom Christiansen.