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Wednesday November 26, 2008
02:20 AM

Perl on Windows use cases

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It seems most of the Perl developers are using some Unix flavor (including Linux, *BSD and even Mac) so I might not get many responses. Still I'd like to have an idea What do you use Perl for on Windows?

In addition I'd like to know what is the single biggest thing you are missing from Perl on Windows?

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  • As Windows is my "main system" I use it for many various things. (uncomplete list)

    * automated backups of several websites (this is I wrote WWW::ConfixxBackup for)
    * programming (using Kephra)
    * PDF generation
    * my last project I did for SAP runs on Windows (and IIS)
    * many other things
  • ... the Windows machine in our house has a Perl script set up as a daily scheduled task which uses WWW::Mechanize to log into our library web site and check for loans falling due soon.

    The same machine has a relatively complex web app on it (for local use) that uses Apache+mod_perl+TT2+SQLite. I'd tell you what it does but it would bring back unhappy memories and I might have to kill someone.

    I have used ActiveState's PerlEx under IIS for building web apps on Windows but Apache/mod_perl is much easier for th

  • when I do testing sometimes I need to test on a Windows machine for a client. And while it is fine for me to install Virtualbox and run debian, I need to access the Windows internals. For this I usually install Cygwin, but recently decided to use Strawberry perl too. I am impressed with Strawberry, it seems to have everything I need. But it creates a bit of confusion for scripts since the Cygwin perl and Strawberry do not know about each other. I would like to see that better integrated, in @INC for exampl
    • I believe I checked in a fix for the bad default size some time just before 0.18...

  • I use Windows for anything Desktop and as a development platform for anything Perl i do. For a while i was mostly using cygwin, but that has since been superceded by ActivePerl with Komodo IDE (includes a graphical debugger with Windows use patterns).

    So far I've done anything on Windows: XML conversion, translation data analysis, RSS feed construction, FTP checking, smallish web applications, etc.

    Recently though I've started working on a bigger project, which is an OpenGL application that visualizes the
  • My company uses mainly Windows so most of my development is on Windows.

    The programs that I have written with Perl are quite demanding and run well, consistently with good stability. By demanding I mean that they run 24/7 and process tens of thousands of files per week. These are production applications that are mission-critical for the business.

    Perl's stability combined with my ability to rapidly adapt my code has been a good selling point for continuing to write Perl in my company even though they w

  • What's missing? I don't know. I haven't found anything yet that wouldn't install. (In recent versions of Strawberry Perl that is.)

    At work I have a Windows XP laptop. Most of my work is done on a Linux system via ssh. However, it does have Strawberry Perl installed. I have one script that I use often that interacts with MS Outlook. Other than that, I play around with things like Padre.

    A few years back I had lots of scripts that I ran in order to make my job easier. (Generating Excel based reports from a MySQ

  • There are 14,068 CPAN distributions with at least one PASS grade for Perl 5.8.8. Also, about 13,000 distributions are available as PPM packages. So, Perl on Windows can do almost all the same as Perl on Unix. With Cygwin, I bet exactly the same.

    I've been using Windows as primary development platform during last 7.5 years (with Linux, AIX, FreeBSD and Windows as target platforms) and didn't find any _vital_ thing that doesn't work in Windows environment.
    Moreover, having different systems for development and