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Friday May 01, 2009
03:17 AM

Strawberry Perl April 2009 - The last release of the 3rd era

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I'm happy to announce the last release of Strawberry Perl in its current form.

This release follows the lead of the last two, with only minor changes and additions.

Perl 5.8.9

As of this release, support for 5.8.8 has been deprecated and the 5.8 release has moved to 5.8.9. Support for 5.8.8 will remain in Perl::Dist if you absolutely have to build an updated 5.8.8 distribution of your own.

Major CPANPLUS Update

CPANPLUS has been updated to the new freshly-minted configure_requires-aware stable release, and the new CPANPLUS::Dist::Build is also included.

CPANPLUS is considered complete enough for general use (although it has not been tailored specifically for Strawberry).

Database Support

DBD::SQLite has been updated to the shiny new generation 1.25 release, which should remove any crashing you may have seen when using the CPAN client, and adds a number of useful new integration features.

In a nod to its universality on Windows, the new release also bundles DBD::ODBC.

Improved Compression

LZMA is the compression format used by the 7-Zip program, and is hugely more efficient than both GZip and BZip.

We now bundle the Compress::unLZMA module, and an updated Archive::Extract which will use it automatically.

As any CPAN servers start provided LZMA-compressed indexes or archives, your clients should pick the new smaller files automatically.

I'm currently upgrading Xtract to produce LZMA archives, so all of the ODBC:: modules should immediately get more efficient.

Approaching the 4th era of Strawberry Perl

I'm not going to talk about it now, but in around a week I plan to release the first betas of the new WiX-based distribution that will become the July release.

CJEWELL has put almost 6 months of work into the Strawberry WiX branch and written about 5000 lines of new code. Needless to say I'm hugely excited by the new capabilities that we will unlock once we've made the move to .msi.

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