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Perl Retirement: FAQ 

 

I heard there will be some changes to the Perl Form Mailer and other Perl-related scripts on UW-Eau Claire web spaces that may impact my web forms. What is changing?

After two years of preparation and notices to our web publishers, we will be retiring Perl scripts on UW- Eau Claire web spaces on July 1, 2014. This change may impact web forms on all university sites, including CommonSpot, legacy intranet, People and Professional web spaces, etc.

Service leading up to this time may continue to be unreliable.

What should I do in the meantime?

We'll be directly contacting a limited number of site owners over the next few weeks. However, because of the way the Perl form mailer works, we have limited insight into which web forms on UW- Eau Claire web spaces are using this system. If you think your web forms may be impacted but you don't receive a notification from LTS, please reach out to us at the email address listed below before June 20, 2014.

Why the change?

The core code that comprises the Perl form mailer is older than our incoming freshmen. It cannot be supported on modern web servers. More reliable and secure alternatives, including Qualtrics, the BP Logix eform system, etc., offer superior features and other unique benefits.

How will I know if my web forms are using the Perl form mailer?

Without coding knowledge, it is difficult to know whether your web forms are using Perl. Additionally, because of the way the Perl form mailer works, we have limited insight into which web forms on our web spaces are using this system. We'd rather be safe than sorry, so please reach out to us at the email address listed below if you are unsure whether your web forms may be impacted.

Do I have to move everything myself?

Nope! We are offering a limited-time service to migrate any web forms or processes using our Perl scripts into an equivalent system.

What is the timeline for these changes?

The Perl form mailer and other Perl scripts will be permanently turned off on July 1, 2014. After that time, any remaining web forms using Perl will cease to function. To prevent a gap in service, please be sure to contact us at the email address listed below before June 20, 2014.

The limited-time migration service will be accepting new migration requests until August 1, 2014. After this time, migration will be the responsibility of the site owner.

Other questions or feedback?

If you have other questions or concerns, please contact Tyler Schroeder, University Web Coordinator, at schroetj@uwec.edu.

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