n. A programmer who specializes in the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts that accept and handle input from most Web page forms.

Example Citations:
Greetings to all perl’ers and CGI-Joes out there ...
—Dan Smit, “Reading in records from file,” Computer Programming Forum, November 30, 1999

The adminisphere loves to hire WAWs (Waiter-Actor-Webmasters), provide them with outdated equipment called chip jewelry and work them until they become CGI Joes. (Common Gateway Interface describes particularly complex Internet programming code.)
—James Coates, “Generica, semisweet land of jitterati,” Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1997

Earliest Citation:
A hardcore CGI-script programmer with all the social skills and charisma of a plastic action figure.
—Gareth Branwyn, “Jargon Watch,” Wired, May 1, 1996

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