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Tue, 25 Feb 2014

Mailmerge in Perl

One nice feature of Mac OS X Server--and OS X itself--is its inclusion of the Perl programming language and its various libraries that can be accessed through CPAN, a central clearinghouse for Perl extension modules. We make use of Perl for several things, including website support, support of mobile apps, and customer communications.

In our discussion of customer communications, we mentioned a Perl-based tool for one-off communication to a list of e-mail addresses, mailmerge. Our previous experience with the mailmerge tool was that it was great for simple e-mail communication but didn't support rich/HTML text. After doing some further research, we found that it is indeed possible to send HTML e-mails with just some slight modification of the mailmerge code.

What this means is that for the cost of learning a computer language, we can save the significant cost associated with sending e-mails through Constant Contact and Mad Mimi. We have control, and flexibility. These are substantial advantages that the Mac server platform offers.

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