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What is the smallest Gadget that can run perl?

by PetaMem (Priest)
on Mar 21, 2009 at 07:04 UTC ( #752201=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
PetaMem has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Looking for $SUBJ. To make the question more precise: What is the currently smallest gadget that can run a fully fledged perl environment with no fuzz?
  • The "currently" means, this thread could remain updated as new devices appear
  • The "no fuzz" means, I'd like to be able to install Perl and CPAN modules with no hassle. Trying to do so on some new Windows Mobile Devices definitely is no "no hassle" and I've given up on that.
  • "Fully fledged" so probably means, the device should run Linux, also as this is our development and target platform, this would come in handy.
Ideally the thing should have a keyboard (can be miniature - whatever) and a battery runtime of at least 5h when editing and testing perl apps.

Bye
 PetaMem
    All Perl:   MT, NLP, NLU

Comment on What is the smallest Gadget that can run perl?
Re: What is the smallest Gadget that can run perl?
by Old_Gray_Bear (Bishop) on Mar 21, 2009 at 08:24 UTC
    I have Perl 5.10 installed on a palm-top computer -- an OQO M2, size: 5.6"(W) x 3.3"(H) x 1.0"(D). The thumb-keyboard makes for a few more typos than usual, so I don't do intensive development on oqo-oso, but as a portable machine to run applications in the field, it works right well.

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Re: What is the smallest Gadget that can run perl?
by JavaFan (Canon) on Mar 21, 2009 at 10:59 UTC
    What is the currently smallest gadget that can run a fully fledged perl environment with no fuzz?
    I'd probably first look at devices running Symbian.
    "Fully fledged" so probably means, the device should run Linux, also as this is our development and target platform, this would come in handy.
    Oh, restricting yourself to just one OS. Not really Looking for $SUBJ. then.
      No no no - Symbian sounds fine. Didn't take that into account. But what I read here doesn't sound too bad.

      Bye
       PetaMem
          All Perl:   MT, NLP, NLU

Re: What is the smallest Gadget that can run perl?
by zentara (Archbishop) on Mar 21, 2009 at 11:00 UTC
    Well, whatever it is, it has to have an operating system, but that is easy now. I would suspect they already have cpu's that fit in a USB memory key. With such a tiny device, you could run Perl to say...constantly check email addresses, incoming call phone numbers, etc.......oh wait, they have such devices....cell phones/txt_messagers.

    Everyone will eventually carry around their computer system(s), on little USB style solid state memory devices. ...( I wonder what great new gadgets the James_Bonds of the world have now?? ... Q where are you? get over here.! )

    yeah, I have a dramatic streak in me :-)


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Re: What is the smallest Gadget that can run perl?
by Albannach (Prior) on Mar 21, 2009 at 19:12 UTC
    It sounds like a Nokia N810 might fit your needs. I have the slightly older N800 which has no keyboard but works fine with an external folding bluetooth keyboard. Both run Linux (Debian) on identical internals (wifi built-in, SD cards up to 8-16GB work, has USB too, and a very crisp screen) and there is a lively community around the platform too - check out http://maemo.org/.

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