I am not a complete newbie but relatively new to CGI and databases, I just know Perl well. I am implementing the front and back ends of a MySQL database using Perl/CGI. What I would like to ask is how to create the following setup.
A front/first page which asks username, password and whether I want to search, add or modify the database. Depending on the userid and the choice made, the second page (which I guess will be a second cgi script) loads. The second page will be the mysql front end (search/modify/add). The second page could call a third script depending on certain choices. I don't yet know how to pass parameters well. I know somewhat how to pass parameters that appear in the URL (like search.cgi?param1=xyz¶m2=abc).
I have searched and seen recommendations to use Session cookies and MD5 but I haven't still figured how to and am in a time crunch. If somebody can provide me with sample scripts that I can use and learn from, that would be great. A sample cgi script that uses the parameters passed to it (visible and hidden) will also be of help. Pointers to specific resources welcome. I am assigning 500 points.
Thanks a lot,