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Microsoft partners with Strawberry Perl to improve the CPAN

by davidrw (Prior)
on Dec 07, 2008 at 06:54 UTC ( #728667=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Just came across this:
Commencing this month, Microsoft will be providing every CPAN author with free access to a centrally-hosted virtual machine environment containing every major version of Windows.

The result is now practically the entire Perl community has a zero-cost and zero-setup way to doing light development, problem replication, debugging, and ad-hoc hesting on every version of Windows.

This arrangement is particularly amazing because it is, to my knowledge, several orders of magnitude larger than anything of this nature ever attempted before with the Open Source community.
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Re: Microsoft partners with Strawberry Perl to improve the CPAN
by creamygoodness (Curate) on Dec 07, 2008 at 16:38 UTC

    This is pretty nice. I'll be using this service, though I'm not sure how heavily.

    I run Vista using VMWare Fusion on my MacBook Pro for the express purpose of testing my CPAN distros, 3 out of 4 of which are XS. This testing rig was instrumental in garnering so-far perfect CPAN Testers records for the latest releases of Lingua::Stem::Snowball and Sort::External.

    One thing left out of this initiative is MSVC. Installing and setting up the free version of MSVC is still a pain. And if you want to guarantee that your code is compatible with MSVCRT.dll, you need MSVC 6, and that means doing something "very expensive or very illegal".

    Seems like the "very illegal" option isn't going to fly on MS-provided virtual boxen. MS could fix the problem at the source and disentangle the crazy manifesting dll hell of recent MSVC releases, but in the meantime it's still going to be much much too complicated to fully support Microsoft as an open source author.

    Marvin Humphrey
      One problem at a time please...
        Well I think its a very good first step. Congratulations.
        Heatseeker Cannibal
Re: Microsoft partners with Strawberry Perl to improve the CPAN
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 08, 2011 at 04:43 UTC
Re: Microsoft partners with Strawberry Perl to improve the CPAN
by vkon (Curate) on Dec 08, 2008 at 12:08 UTC
    IMO this initiative is good as a first step, this single step is too small to count or even notice.
    I very much doubt that remote access to some windows PC solve *any* problem...
      Remote access to 64-bit Window will probably result in a 64-bit Win32::API, as the author does not have access to a 64-bit Windows install.
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