Catalyst 5.8: the Perl MVC Framework

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  • Use the Template toolkit to generate HTML output
  • Design a database schema and access a SQLite database
  • Create a CRUD interface to a database
  • Use FormBuilder to define auto-generating and self-validating forms
  • Create easy-to-maintain configuration files
  • Import CSV files into a database
  • Paginate search results
  • Use the session plugin to add sessions to an application
  • Explore authentication and authorization, implementing page-level and record-level control
  • Use DBIC for easy handling of data
  • Add a REST API to allow other applications to access your application
  • Add AJAX interactivity to your application
  • Incorporate RSS feeds in your application
  • Automate testing and learn "Test-Driven Development"
  • Mix a procedural interface with a relational DBIx::Class interface
  • Write a database interface without DBIx::Class
  • Build a custom Model without using any database

Many web applications are implemented in a way that makes developing them difficult and repetitive. Catalyst is an open source Perl-based Model-View-Controller framework that aims to solve this problem by reorganizing your web application to design and implement it in a natural, maintainable, and testable manner, making web development fun, fast, and rewarding.

This book teaches you how to use Catalyst to weave the various components involved in a web application, using methods and tools you personally prefer along with recommendations and details on the most popularly used objects like the DBIX ORM, TT2 Template, and Moose.

This book will take you from how the MVC pattern simplifies creating quality applications to how Catalyst allows you to tap this power instantly. It explains advanced design patterns and concludes with the improvements that Moose brings to all this. It also incorporates valuable suggestions and feedback received from the community members and our customers. By the end of the book, you will be able to build clean, scalable, and extendable web applications. This book embodies Catalyst's philosophies of Do It Yourself and Don't Repeat Yourself.



  • Increase reusability and empower the delivery of more complex design patterns by extending the MVC concept
  • Build an editable web interface
  • Extend Catalyst through plugins
  • Plenty of examples with detailed walkthroughs to create sample applications
  • Updated for the latest version, Catalyst 5.8 
Page Count 244
Course Length 7 hours 19 minutes
ISBN 9781847199249
Date Of Publication 30 Jun 2010


Antano Solar John

Antano Solar is a techie to the core—a tech evangelist who is passionate about using technology to revolutionize the learning experience! Antano has contributed to the open source community in terms of documentation, code, and support, with a variety of platforms based on languages such as PHP, Perl, Lisp, Python, and Ruby. He loves to share his tech excitement with fellow techies and non-techies, and does so through publishing papers, books, and delivering seminars at colleges, universities such as the IIT, and corporate tech events. He has published a paper on enhancing wireless networks in an IEEE Journal. His paper on an engine helping machines understand objectives by meta-modeling, using Neurolinguistic Programming principles and Deep Structure, is considered a landmark. An avid hacker, Antano has won two Yahoo hack-day awards. He recently won the award for developing a Hybrid Search Engine from scratch in 24 hours that uses Machine Intelligence and Social Intelligence to identify, search, and present the information in the required format. Professionally, until recently, Antano was a Consultant and a Trainer providing IT solutions and sessions on VoIP, Networks and Software Plaforms, and Languages. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at NuVeda Learning. In his current role, he is responsible for the development and deployment of Learning Management Systems that are used by large MNCs globally. He also plays the role of a Chief Architect in the research and development of technologies related to the understanding and measuring of Learning. He is excited by the challenges of using complex technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing. Occasionally, when Antano needs to take a "Tech" break, he likes to train and tell stories!