The current version is 2000-11-10, which is basically an update to remove the dependence on the no-longer-supported GNU libg++ and the C librx, which appears to be system-dependent. This is the second update concerned with GNU libraries++: the update of 2000-08-02 got rid of dependence on libg++ but left a remaining dependancy on librx.
An additional Smart Text class is also provided.
Since the CGI protocol was first defined in 1993, Perl has been the majority language for CGI programming. A major reason for this is the superb libraries available, including CGI.pm for elementary tasks and the LWP for more advanced applications.
C and C++ are less well-served. Libraries including Jemtek's and Boutell's exist for C, but do not provide the notational convenience of CGI.pm. In this author's uninformed view - having read the documentation but not the source - they are closer to the obsolete Perl "cgi-lib.pl". To the best of my knowledge (based on - among other things - regular participation in the CGI newsgroup and a reading of Nikki Locke's C++ Libraries list), no libraries whatsoever exist for C++.
CGI++ not only fills that gap, but is I believe the first library in any language written for CGI programming with HTTP/1.1.
CGI++ provides programmers with direct access to CGI/1.1 and HTTP/1.1. It resists the temptation to offer incompatible proprietary 'enhancements', adopted by many "No CGI required" programming packages. So you are not stuck with a nightmare hack as soon as you need to do something the Author didn't foresee.
CGI++ combines an easy and intuitive 'look and feel' (inspired in some measure by CGI.pm) with a powerful and rich object-oriented implementation. Features include:
CGI++ is not under active development, and future developments remain a wish-list. Some areas of prospective future work include:
In addition, some accessory functions are provided.
19970222: The new Manual/Programmers Guide is a lot more complete than the old Technical Overview, but I'm keeping both for the time being. See also the sample programs source code.
CGI++ is free software subject to the terms of the GNU Library General Public License (LGPL).
CGI++ is now believed to be fully POSIX and ANSI compliant. If you find anything that fails either of these standards, please let me know!