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Perl Compiler

by Una888 (Initiate)
on Jul 07, 2008 at 19:22 UTC ( #696069=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Una888 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Does the Perl Compiler have to be installed or is it already installed on Windows Vista?

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Re: Perl Compiler
by Joost (Canon) on Jul 07, 2008 at 19:31 UTC
      That used to be the case, but haven't been for quite some time now.

      Strawberry Perl is the least painful Windows Perl distribution nowadays.

      For a while I was continuously surprised as module after module installed without problem, but that novelty faded eventually as I got used to it just working.


        Least painful is not the same as polished, and Strawberry perl is far from polished.

        Strawberry Perl Support A quick word before we continue...

        Strawberry Perl is a community-driven Open Source project, which means that most of the people directly involved have jobs, families and/or other commitments beyond just Strawberry.

        In situations where you simply MUST have commercial support for operations or policy reasons (you know who you are) Strawberry may not be your best option. While their ActivePerl distribution may not have CPAN support out the box, ActiveState does offers support on commercial terms and can be modified to do most things that Strawberry can, albeit with some effort

Re: Perl Compiler
by jds17 (Pilgrim) on Jul 07, 2008 at 21:28 UTC
    ActivePerl is a very nicely maintained Perl distribution (i.e. Perl + an installer (called ppm) for a subset of the modules available on CPAN), but my personal favourite is Strawberry Perl. There are still some issues with Vista (see Vista Issues) though, which I cannot comment on, but that's no reason to not give it a try.

    I am still clinging to Windows XP for my Windows needs and very happy using Strawberry Perl, in particular I can install nearly any module from CPAN I like (I had only problems with a few of them, e.g. Tk).

Re: Perl Compiler
by rurban (Scribe) on Apr 25, 2011 at 12:15 UTC

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