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Re: Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"

by rob_au (Abbot)
on Jan 15, 2004 at 12:47 UTC ( #321534=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"

This is old news - Microsoft even included Activestate Perl 521 on the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit in the Scripting Tools section of the installation. See this post for further details.

 

perl -le "print unpack'N', pack'B32', '00000000000000000000001010101110'"


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Re: Re: Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"
by zakzebrowski (Curate) on Jan 15, 2004 at 14:32 UTC
    Don't forget that MS & Activestate are closely tied together, at least before the buy out by sophus. This old news article talked about how Microsoft and Active State developed a parternship to develop and support perl on windows platforms. (Caveat My buisness knowledge of ActiveState is only based on what I read, which I partially remmeber. Feel free to correct me if there is additional details which I'm forgetting...)


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    Zak
      Remember, Activestate used to be Hip Communications. And MS gave Hip Communications a shedload of money to port and support perl on Win32, to make it easier for people to switch their applications from the Netscape web server to IIS.
        Remember, Activestate used to be Hip Communications. And MS gave Hip Communications a shedload of money to port and support perl on Win32, to make it easier for people to switch their applications from the Netscape web server to IIS.

        I think this is probably the best business reason I have seen on this thread to explain MS using perl, rather than embrace / extending something similar. Netscape was a large threat to them, and being able to port existing apps from NS to IIS would have been a good selling point.

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