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Re^3: How to Easily Check for Available CPAN Modules when Upgrading ActiveState Perl

by dasgar (Deacon)
on Jul 31, 2012 at 07:12 UTC ( #984579=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: How to Easily Check for Available CPAN Modules when Upgrading ActiveState Perl
in thread How to Easily Check for Available CPAN Modules when Upgrading ActiveState Perl

I know exactly what you're talking about. I myself started out on ActiveState Perl. Like you, I really liked the web-based documentation and never really got into using the line-command perldoc utility.

If that's what's holding you back from making the switch from ActiveState to Strawberry, then here's a few alternatives that might help out.

First, I've gotten more familiar with using http://www.perl.org/docs.html for looking things up. That combined with CPAN, it is somewhat similar to ActiveState's web-based documentation system, but not as convenient.

Secondly, I recently found Pod::POM::Web. According to the Acknowledgements section of the documentation, the module was "deeply inspired" by "the structure of HTML Perl documentation released with ActivePerl". I'd recommend checking it out.


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Re^4: How to Easily Check for Available CPAN Modules when Upgrading ActiveState Perl
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 01, 2012 at 02:50 UTC

    mkdir out_html

    perl -MPod::Simple::HTMLBatch -e Pod::Simple::HTMLBatch::go @INC out_html

    start out_html/index.html

      Finally had time to check out Pod::Simple::HTMLBatch. If you're only wanting to access documentation for installed modules, I guess it can considered ok. However, I personally don't feel like it's a good replacement for the ActiveState web-based documentation that the OP was "spoilt" with using. The ActiveState documentation includes other perldoc information like the FAQs, perlfunc, pragmas, etc.

      The module that I had suggested, Pod::POM::Web, includes all of those things that Pod::Simple::HTMLBatch does seem to cover. Also, Pod::POM::Web has a better interface and layout in my opinion.

      Just wanted to share a comparison of the two modules for the benefit of others.

        However, I personally don't feel like it's a good replacement for the ActiveState web-based documentation that the OP was "spoilt" with using.

        But you don't explain why

        The ActiveState documentation includes other perldoc information like the FAQs, perlfunc, pragmas, etc.

        So does HTMLBatch. No, it can't include ActiveState copyrighted material , but it does includes all the regular perl faqs etc

        The module that I had suggested, Pod::POM::Web, includes all of those things that Pod::Simple::HTMLBatch does seem to cover. Also, Pod::POM::Web has a better interface and layout in my opinion.

        :) I like Pod::POM::Web too, esp since I dont have disk space for html docs -- but I'm "way over" the frameset layout

        FWIW, if you're on unix, http://perl.overmeer.net/ oodoc looks polished

        In the same frame theme as oodoc there is also pdoc, used by http://doc.bioperl.org/

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