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Re: Installing Template::Toolkit on Windows

by sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
on Feb 27, 2013 at 13:50 UTC ( #1020890=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Installing Template::Toolkit on Windows

I’ll second the motion that Strawberry is probably a better way to go on Windows, if you need to install anything other than through AS’s sometimes dated packages.   The experience is roughly akin to trying to maintain a Perl setup on a Linux box strictly through the use of a distro’s packaging system.   It works, to a degree, but you outgrow it in due time, and when you do, there’s nowhere to grow.   AS had a wonderful concept and did it reasonably well, but then you start bumping into its margins.

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Re^2: Installing Template::Toolkit on Windows
by davies (Parson) on Feb 27, 2013 at 16:34 UTC

    The last time I tried to get Strawberry working, it didn't play nicely with Win32::OLE and Excel. I'd be delighted to hear that all such issues are closed, but the BugZilla instructions recommend AS, so I prefer situations in which I can point would-be helpers to the instructions I am trying to follow rather than making up my own as I go along.


    John Davies

      Now that is downright interesting, because I certainly have never found that to be the case.   I use Strawberry quite a bit in connection specifically to Excel (and Outlook), specifically using OLE ... (so much for being “a troll”) ... and have never encountered a lick of trouble with it.

      The key difference, if there is any (and I doubt), is that, yes, you do need to have a compiler on-hand to do a lot of these things in the Windows environment ... which Strawberry takes care of and which AS (I do believe by design) generally seeks to avoid [the need for].   AS seems to strive to do things “the Windows way,” if you will, whereas Strawberry appears in like manner to do things much closer to the way that the same things are done in Linux/Unix.

      Certainly, it has never been my experience ... and (sorry, “troll-UK,” but I do have “experience” here) ... that Strawberry was in any way “problematic” with regards to using OLE.   Therefore, I have no clue where that recommendation comes from.   Perl technology worked splendidly, as did Strawberry, as did OLE.

        For many years ActiveState Perl has supported module installation via cpan, and provided build tools (MinGW etc) via PPM. The issue* (at hand) is they don't provide said build tools for 64bit builds. I personally prefer Strawberry Perl over ActiveState.

        Update: * or not as BrowserUK points out

        (sorry, “troll-UK,” but I do have “experience” here)

        I've some news for you. Reading about something does not constitute experience.

        With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
        Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

        This was a few years back and I still regard myself as a Perl novice, so it's quite conceivable that I blundered in some way and should have been able to get SP working with Excel. When I next get to the stage of wanting to experiment rather than wanting something that works (and that's a continuum rather than a boolean), I'll try SP again.


        John Davies

        Update 3/3/13: I've just tried SP & it seems to work fine. It's still early days, but I ran some stuff that did fairly esoteric Excel stuff without a problem.

Re^2: Installing Template::Toolkit on Windows
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 27, 2013 at 14:31 UTC

    I’ll second the motion that

    you sir are a troll

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