Templating systems (WAS: Re: [Catalyst] Catalyst::Model::CDBI)

Christopher Hicks chicks at chicks.net
Fri Oct 7 21:19:21 CEST 2005

On Thu, 6 Oct 2005, Michele Beltrame wrote:
> At present time I mostly use TT2 since it's the more complete out there, but 
> the best experience I has was with Petal, and by far. When you work with web 
> designers (who use DreamWeaver mostly) it's difficult to make templates which 
> they can change just by learning a few things, but Petal makes it possible.

I don't have to worry about DreamWeaver capability and I've done a number 
of Class::DBI projects now in Apache::ASP and I've been really pleased 
with how quick stuff can get done.  I had used CGI::Application and TT2 
for a while, but Apache::ASP gives you a much faster deelopment cycle and 
since I didn't care about "designers scared fo a command line" I used the 
XML tag creation feature to put together my page based on a template file. 
So instead of the TT2-style "head" and "foot" template files I have one 
"lookandfeel.html" file that gets parsed as ASP.  Since its parsed as ASP 
I can put arbitray navigation in the template and each page is just what 
it needs for that page.  I've really enjoyed it I hate to admit.  At least 
its Perl/Apache-based and not the spawn of Gates.  :)  Of course I'm doing
Catalyst now and having a great time of it, but I hate for people to 
neglect fun effective little Apache::ASP when we rehash the templating 
question yet again.  TT2 is good.  Apache::ASP is nice.  :)


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