|The stupid question is the question not asked|
why are you using Windows?
Because that's the system they give me to work on, and because, unlike you, I'm not man enough to bring something else in on my own expense, muscle my way past IT policy and protocols, and use a system that noone else at work can interface with.
The hours/days/weeks you have wasted/will-waste pining away for a workable Perl solution on windows could have been applied to a finished product in C#.
I've spent nearly a decade getting to know the ins and outs of Perl, and because of this I can write the script in a matter of minutes, flush out testing, package, and deploy in under an hour.
While I greatly appreciate your confidence in my skills to learn C# to the same level of competence in merely an hour, I'm not man enough to have that level of confidence in myself.
your time (and your clients'/boss' time) would be best spent on something that will actually work.
What I do works. In under an hour. Including testing. But I suppose I'm not man enough to properly assess what "actually works" and what doesn't.
The free version of Visual Studio will probably do everything you need, for free.
Wow, it compiles my Perl scripts and creates single-step remotely-deployable programs for remote systems that don't have Perl installed? Cool! I'll have to check this out. I hope I'm man enough to find the Perl packager in it. I haven't been doing too well in the manly department, by your standards, though, so I'm not so confident.
I could write the tools in C -- that's what I used to do -- and MinGW does a great job of giving me an easy-to-deploy executable. It's just...well, the development time's a smidge longer. Okay, I admit it -- I'm just not man enough to do it the hard way.
Oooh! Oooh! I know the answer to this one! You're man enough to tell everyone else that they must do it your way, and man enough to use TMTOWTDI at the same time.
:: applause ::
Get Over It
I agree that there is one person in this conversation who has demonstrated a need to get over something.
So -- let's face it. You win. You've proven you're better than everyone else here. You can leave, smug in the self-assured knowledge that you are superior, that you have all the right answers, and that you are better than me.