CGI is an acronym for Common Gateway Interface. Even if it often is mentioned as a program language it is accually a protocol in
which you may use several program languages. The ones most frequently used are Perl, C and shell-script. CGI have been around for several
years and is therefore very stable and well tested. CGI is a server-side scripting language and is normaly put on a seperate area on the server.
This area is normaly named CGI-bin. There are few ISP's giving you the option to use CGI. This is because it's easy to use a 'abuse' a
script and harm the server.
CGI is often used in seach engines and database-systems and is used on sites to extend the scriping language mainly used on that site.
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