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Gantry::Docs::About - A document explaining Gantrys features and history
Along about 1997 or so, our company (a cable/ISP owned by a newspaper)
began serving mod_perl apps to staff and customers. A framework developed
and flourished. It was simple, explicit, and fast enough for the
high-volume sites run by our parent newspaper. As time passed,
improvements were made until a second version was conceived and deployed.
Finally, in August of 2005, a third revision was completed which
is now available as an open source product (under the standard Perl license).
The new version has lots of new features and removes some of the arcana
that built up over the previous six or so years. Notably, it gained an
MVC structure and some nifty automated CRUD. But the newly released
third version, now called Gantry, retains simplicity, explicitness,
speedy throughput, and the ability to host complex projects.
Gantry has these basic features:
Gantry supports these features:
a central mod_perl handler all apps may inherit (Gantry.pm)
CGI/FastCGI support (Gantry::Engine::CGI)
automated CRUD (create, retrieve, update, delete) for straightforward tables
flexible CRUD for the sophisticated parts of applications
Previous versions of this framework were named for the company that originally
used it. To release it into the wild, we needed a new name. After extensive
head scratching, and much dictionary and thesaurus examination, we settled
Gantry can mean the framework on which a rocket is built or serviced. We
like that. Our Gantry is a framework for building things: namely high powered,
high speed, and often highly complex apps.
But gantry also means the framework that holds signs or signals over a road
or railroad. As much as I like thinking of rocket powered apps, the sign
holder is more apt. Just think of a large metal gantry that holds signs
over a freeway. The structure itself is most of the gantry. The signs are
small relative to that structure. Once the signs are up, the structure stays
with them, supporting them throughout their life. Even if the signs have
to change, the gantry is still there to hold the new ones. We like this
analogy very much indeed.
Phil Crow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright and License
Copyright (c) 2006, Phil Crow
This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.6 or,
at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.
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