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Re: RFC: A Primer on Writing Portable Perl Programs

by xdg (Monsignor)
on Nov 01, 2006 at 12:35 UTC ( #581665=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to RFC: A Primer on Writing Portable Perl Programs

First, thanks for taking on this subject. Working on Vanilla Perl has been an interesting lesson on just how many common Perl modules weren't written for portability. However, the meditation focuses a lot on Windows, so I'd either consider broadening the OSes covered or else changing the title.

That said, I found version 0 of the tutorial to be substantially less informative than perlport. If you're looking for a gentler introduction, I'd suggest taking perlport as the base and then translating it into something that is easier for a less experienced programmer to understand. There's a lot more to portability that what you've covered above.

I suggest you look at -- there's a good deal of information there that will be of use. Search for "Problem Modules" and you can see a large variety of real-world portability problems in CPAN modules, some of which have been fixed and many of which have not.

Some other random thoughts that occurred to me in reading the tutorial:

All that said, I look forward to the next version.


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Re^2: RFC: A Primer on Writing Portable Perl Programs
by Intrepid (Deacon) on Nov 02, 2006 at 15:25 UTC

    xdg wrote on 1 Nov 2006:

    Modules I've found helpful: IPC::Run3, File::HomeDir, ExtUtils::Command, Probe::Perl ...

    I have to somewhat emphatically add File::Save::Home to this list, as contrasted with File::HomeDir, which arguably does not really do the right thing on MS Windows.

    At the very least people need to read the POD for each module, study the APIs and rationales and make an educated choice.

        Soren A / somian / perlspinr / Intrepid

    Words can be slippery, so consider who speaks as well as what is said; know as much as you can about the total context of the speaker's participation in a forum over time, before deciding that you fully comprehend the intention behind those words. If in doubt, ask for clarification before you 'flame'.

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