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Wednesday January 22, 2003
07:23 AM

Perl for the desktop

[ #10117 ]

I read brian_d_foy's journal on the subject of pre-requisites and wanted to make a comment but comments aren't enabled so I'll make them here instead.

First of all I think he is spot on in his comments but I wouldn't necesarily class web applications as end-user. A developer of some sort still has to install them and they're intended for other people to use. User applications reside on the desktop (to all intents and purposes). I am talking about users here in the context of normal people who use computers to get their jobs done. Not us lot who have a somewhat different relationship with the things :)

Now most users in this class use either Windows or Mac OS. In both cases installing an application is as simple as draging-and-dropping (in the Mac case) or running setup.exe (on windows). There is no equivalent in the perl case...

  1. Install perl
  2. Install the gui widget library (in C or whatever)
  3. Install the perl/gui bindings and all the other CPAN modules required
  4. Install the app

What I really want is something that will take my code, an build me a distribution that includes core perl, only the core modules that I am actually using, the widget library, cpan modules and my code. It doesn't have to be compiled, except when the target is a OS that doesn't traditionally have a compiler (like windows, again).

Does such a thing exist ?

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  • From

    What is PAR (Perl Archive Toolkit)?

    • Do what JAR (Java Archive) does for Perl
      • Platform-independent, compressed file format (zip)
      • Aggregates modules, scripts and other files into one file
      • Easy to generate, update and extract
    • Benefit of using PAR:
      • Decreased download and deployment time
      • Saves disk space by compression and selective packaging

    -- tex

    • I bookmarked this sometime ago.
      However it just occurred to me,
      this is a suboptimal name.
      Were that I say, pancakes?
  • For Windows you have two solutions besides PAR (which I haven't tried myself): PerlApp and perl2exe.

    This is an example of a Perl-program-as-exe: []

    In addition to the program-in-one-file you also probably need an installer. A good one is InnoSetup, or the one from the WinAmp guys.