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This myth persists because of the following:
  1. The Java VM comes installed on most Windows systems.
  2. Java has a unified method of creating GUIs, while Perl doesn't.
  3. Java has a better set of documentation.

That last complaint is a really really big one for me. For the past week, I've been researching using PerlScript to create client-side apps using IE without a webserver. Let me tell you - there is almost zero documentation for this.

  • 99.999% of all Googled hits have to do with PerlScript and ASP, including matts's pages
  • Almost all my examples were culled from newsgroup postings from 1997.
  • The online Perl in a Nutshell examples have syntax errors. ($window->frames[3] doesn't compile!)
  • ActiveState's example pages are blank.
  • The documentation that comes with ActivePerl stops at "Hello, World".
  • Documentation on ActiveX is cryptic to an OpenSource developer (like all of Microsoft's docs)

In other words, someone might be able to, if they were willing to bust their ass trying to reverse-engineer it. But, why do that when you can just install Apache?

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Then there are Damian modules.... *sigh* ... that's not about being less-lazy -- that's about being on some really good drugs -- you know, there is no spoon. - flyingmoose


In reply to Re: Creating Advanced Client-Side Applications With Perl by dragonchild
in thread Creating Advanced Client-Side Applications With Perl by epoptai

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