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Re: MSVC and ActiveState

by Jouke (Curate)
on Apr 21, 2004 at 12:36 UTC ( #346982=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to MSVC and ActiveState

I don't think this will have any effect on ActiveState's strategy at all. Jan Dubois (Sr. at ActiveState) posted this on P5P regarding this subject:

You could get VC++ for free for a couple of years already; it is part of the .NET Framework redistributable.

The new (and indeed very cool) thing is that now the code optimizer is included in the free version too.

There is one thing I don't like about VC++ 7.0 and later: it no longer uses the C runtime library that is part of the OS: msvcrt.dll. Instead it now bundles a versioned library with each compiler release. We have already seen msvcr70.dll and msvcr71.dll. So if you compile modules with different compiler versions, you end up loading multiple runtimes into your process. And if you want to wrap your Perl program with PAR, PerlApp or Perl2Exe, then you'll have to ship all these runtime libraries as well whereas you know that you already have msvcrt.dll on each potential deployment system.

This is one of the major reasons we decided to stick with VC++ 6.0 for ActivePerl in the past, and I don't see us changing that anytime soon.

I personally don't quite understand what you mean by 'what it might do to Activestate'. I'd think you mean by this that the only reason that Activestate exists is that they have the possibility to distribute a binary Perl. That's not what they make a living of. They have *tools*, like Komodo and the Perl Dev Kit. The ActivePerl distribution is free, so there isn't much of a difference now that MS releases their MSVC commandline stuff for free...


Jouke Visser
Speaking at the 2004 O'Reilly Open Source Convention about pVoice


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