I'm sorry dude, it's just that every single time i read what you are working on I
cannot figure out why you consistently try to drink water with a fork when their
are perfectly good cups out there. I guess part of being intrepid is not doing
what every one else does -- because they do it with such ease and flair.
STRUGGLE!!!!!! STRUGGLE!!! ;)
LOL. Yeah! I don't have much difficulty seeing how my posts would
prompt such a reaction ;-). It's pretty arcane stuff to begin with —
like, why is this guy using MS Windows if he wants to do complex stuff
with CPAN modules and all??. It is easy to think that I ought to just
only do any of it on a free *nix platform where it is all so native and smooth. ;-)
I think you have it right: It's just part of what being Intrepid is about ;-).
Back a few years: I wasn't using Linux™ or anything like it, though, and
in fact the Windows port of Perl (mostly by Gurusamy Sarathy) had just been
"finished" and ActiveState was just a little startup... etc. My itch to see
Perl on Windows work better goes back that long. It's a long-lived itch.
I talked with Tye McQueen on Perlmonks years ago about creating a binary
distro of Perl for Windows using the Free GNU gcc tools from MinGW, long before
Strawberry existed. I keep thinking about this stuff – experiencing this
itch – and that makes me look with particular intensity at how the current
efforts, like StrawberryPerl, work.
One thing that really itches for me in particular is that few people really
understand how dmake works, but we still rely on it for building
Perl on a Windows platform. I have an uncomfortable feeling any time a black
box is involved in something I am particularly interested in. It's been a
necessary evil(?) all this time but I wonder if it has to stay that way.