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I am setting up a web site that will require CGI forms to send order info to me from customers. While I have some good CGI scripts to use I have been warned that I will need to get a programmer to implement them into my server (A host -not myself). Is this true? If so should I set up the forms and then hire a programmer? Do I need to learn UNIX, PERL, or C? Help!
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hi jason71!
It would be wise for you to hire a programmer.  Although you all ready have the scripts, installing them will not be that easy unless you know unix and a bit of programming.  
I supose you're server will be running under unix, so i truly recomend you learn something about unix.  You will not need to know  perl or c, or any programming language to install them, although it would be good if you did in order to customize your scripts.

Now, before hiring a programmer, please give me more details and I´ll help you out in the installing procedure.


jorge
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jorge,
Thanks for your rapid response: basically, I am not familiar with UNIX servers -however I do know a good deal about HTML. I got some CGI scripts out of a book called "Web Commerce Cookbook". I am setting up such a site and will use the CGIs for order forms carrying credit card info. Should I ask the web server (I have not decided one yet -any recommendations?) to recommend a programmer to install it?
Could you recommend a good UNIX text?
Thank you and I will  post your points on a reply
Jason
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Ooops!

I can't really recommend any good unix books except unix programming books!....(i.e. Advanced Unix programming Richad W. Stevens).

I'll tell you what:  Try installing the cgi's by your self, and if you have any problems, and allow me to, I'll install them for you!  In case you decide not to for security reasons, do get some one with some unix knowledge to install them for you!

-The cgi must have execute permissions.
-Try avoiding write permissions.

in order to find more about file attributes and permissions, check the chmod command.

your cgi's should look like -rwx-wx--x-  date cgi.name
when ever you do a ls -laF (like dir in DOS)


It's not the fact a programmer installs them, the thing is you might have to configure the httpd daemon which will be kind of hard if you have no Unix experience.  By the way, what Unix is your server running in?  (IRIX, Solaris, DEC, Ultrix.....Linux maybe?)


Another option you have is to send me the cgi's or tell me where to download them, I'll install them in my server, and I'll guide you all the way through via Email!


my email is jconde@securities.com

bye
jorge
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Thanks! I will contact you privately nearer to the time! Jason
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No problem Jason71!
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sweet!
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