Fundamentals of Computer Science 1 (CS151 2003S)

Laboratory: More CGI

Summary: In this lab, we continue our investigations of CGI scripting.

This lab is optional. It is intended for students who complete the first CGI lab early.

Useful Files:


Exercise 0: Preparation

a. Make copies of the following files:

b. Start DrScheme.

Exercise 1: Generating Forms

While we've been creating our HTML forms in a text editor, it is also possible to generate a form with a CGI script.

a. Look at and see if you can figure out what it does.

b. Load from within DrScheme and execute both greeting-form and greeting-page to see that you understand what strings they generate.

c. Create a corresponding CGI file newgreeting.cgi, but don't create a corresponding HTML file. Load the CGI file in your browser and see what happens.

d. Can you tell why we didn't have to create an HTML page for newgreeting?

Exercise 2: Working with Numbers

Write a CGI script that takes a number as input and produces the square root of that number as output. Since CGI variables are passed as strings, you will probably want to use the string->number and number->string procedurese to convert to and from numbers.

Exercise 3: Working with Style Sheets

a. Look at and see if you can determine what it does.

b. Create colorful.cgi, a CGI file that loads

c. Load colorful.cgi through your Web browser and try entering different colors to see what happends.

d. What happens when you select the color yellow? Why? Fix the problem you've found in this step.

e. Extend so that it supports more than those four colors.

f. Extend so that it takes both a background color and a foreground color.



Tuesday, 11 February 2003 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]


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