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  • Well you could...but it would be hard to convince me to replace a "stable" ActiveState install with it.
      • From the wiki:

        Strawberry Perl is currently an alpha release and is not recommended for production purposes.

        My PHB would not like me doing that.

        • And your PHP would be right. However, when Strawberry Perl is ready for production, I can't imagine a reason in the world why anyone would want to stick with ActiveState.

          • I don't understand the PHP comment. I *hate* PHP. However, ActiveState works for our shop (Windows) and they have been very helpful when I have posed questions to them.

            Once Strawberry hits a couple beta levels then I will try it. I *do* like the premise behind it.

            • I meant "PHB". Whoops :)

              The nice thing about Strawberry Perl is that it comes bundled with its own compiler and make. As a result, you can use cpan and cpanp just like any other Perl installation. You're not dependent on ActiveState providing you a PPM or hunting around for a PPM from somewhere else.

              That's not to say I have anything against ActiveState. They're a company, they need to earn money and they need to figure out the best allocation of their resources and shepherding a bunch of CPAN modules through their build system could be quite a drain. That being said, I think they chose the wrong model. Had they simply bundled ActivePerl with its own compiler and make, I think folks would have been much happier with them, particularly since PPM is easier for newer users than cpan or cpanp.

              • Ohhhh! PHB! I hate those too. : )

                I will move to Strawberry Perl just because:

                • It will give me more control
                • I will be able to contribute back

                Those 2 reasons are good enough for me any day.

              • One thing I don't like is it sometimes takes them a long time to get secondary modules up-to-date. I just looked at Object::InsideOut and it is at 2.01 but I can only get 1.45 from PPM. I know they do their thing because of the binary support and corporate assurance but I can make those decisions.

                SP just needs to get beta or something for me to try it at work is all.