in reply to Free MSVC tools + Activestate to compile CPAN Modules
If you compile modules, you might need the same version of the compiler perl was compiled (if you use the Activestate-binary, I think you need VisualC6 (which works fine for me). But I don't know if you can download it for free, or at least the build tools)
Well, with the free nmake you can compile a lot of cpan-modules, but for many you need the whole compiler suite (e.g. cl.exe and so on)
perl -e "s>>*F>e=>y)\*martinF)stronat)=>print,print v188.8.131.52.11.32"