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Re^4: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?

by Anonymous Monk
on Mar 26, 2008 at 03:10 UTC ( #676289=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
in thread What can bring the excitement back to Perl?

> As for Win32, check out Strawberry Perl.

To be honest, what he REALLY wants is Chocolate Perl.

For a while now, it's been my intention that we have...

Vanilla Perl - Experimentation

Strawberry Perl - Perl people that don't know Windows.

Chocolate Perl - Windows people that don't know Perl

Having a viable Chocolate Perl is the big pay day, because with the cornucopia of CPAN behind it we are in a position to create a high profile scripting language for doing Windows sysadmin and utility programming that doesn't rely on Microsoft, that won't change unexpectedly, that doesn't cost anything, and that you can whip up a quick solution to your problem even with nothing but Notepad.

That would be exciting!
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Re^5: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
by amarquis (Curate) on Mar 26, 2008 at 13:04 UTC

    Isn't ActiveState's Perl distro Chocolate Perl? I installed it way back in the day when I was, effectively, a computer idiot (I am merely a computer rube these days). It installs quickly and easily, modules get installed via graphical PPM, and in general is easy as pie.

      That impression left ActiveState Perl a couple of years ago I think, when the PPM repos started being neglected.

      Even before that, it was really quite important to have VC++ available to get a select few modules installed.

      Nowadays, Strawberry provides a surprisingly smooth experience.


      Way back in the day, ActivePerl worked great. It has been degrading of late (from about 5.8.7 it started to get quite bad) due to lack of resources and limitations imposed from old, unreversable, bad, decisions.

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