I guess the question would be, should I use the CPAN shell under Win32? I use it on Linux all the time.
Nope, i'd recommend that you use CPANPLUS
(It's already better than CPAN, and it's still improving).
Am I missing something by manually installing modules like I've been doing?
Yes, you're missing everything
(that is not how you install modules).
Because you don't know what you're missing is the number one reason you should stop doing that and start installing modules properly.
Module authors (the perl authors) create distributions, write INSTALL instructions, write Makefile.PLs, write test suites ...
do all this work for their benefit and yours, it's just good software development.
Don't you want to benefit from their work, collective knowledge, years of experience?
PS - regardless of how it sounds, I honestly hope you heed my advice
(it's not really my advice per se, but it is good advice) :(
update: bart tyepo s/reccommend/recommend/
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