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In this hour, I explained how one goes about obtaining CGI scripts other people have written, and configuring them so that they'll run on your Web site. Not only can these scripts save you a lot of work, but they are a good learning tool as well. Even experienced CGI programmers can use downloaded scripts to get the Web applications they need up in a quick and efficient manner.

After you've installed scripts on your server that you've written or downloaded, chances are you'll have to do some debugging before they work just right. The second half of this hour discussed methods you can use to identify and fix bugs in your CGI programs. Debugging can take up a huge amount of development time, so using proper techniques and looking for common, simple problems first can save you a lot of time in the long run.

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