SirClive has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
I've been away from perl for a couple of years and I now need to start using it again.
I've downloaded Active State v5.10 and all seems to be working OK but I am having problems trying to find / install non standard modules.
When I previously used perl I used ppm to install modules I required. Then, as far as I remember it was a command line interface.
Now when I type ppm at the DOS prompt I get a gui for the PPM . It shows me 87 packages currently installed.
However I cannot connect to an external repository to retrieve new packages due to our company firewall not allowing it.
I have been on to CPAN to try to retrieve the package I require (currently just Spreadsheet::ParseExcel but there are going to be others in the future) but I can only find a .tar.gz file - nothing that looks like it is for windows.
Could someone please give me an idiots guide as to what would be the easiest general method for installing non core modules given that I can't use ppm ?