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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • While PXPerl seems to have "frozen" at the moment (the guy is a student after all). I would rather have seen someone step in to help on that one as I see this having the most "potential" as it is indepedent.

    I would much rather have the MingW install over the DEV-C++. Why install something like an IDE when 99.9% of the end users will never use it? Too much cruft.

    • I agree. That was the angle I was thinking of and might have tried myself, had I a Windows machine to actually do this on. (Ie. set up MingW, compile Perl with it, then package the lot together with an installer.)

      The ActiveState + Dev-C++ solution is good for contests (you get to win fast), but loads of bloat in practice.

      • I like the compatibility with PPM. In cases where you don't succeed in building an XS module yourself (for example because of dependency on external libriries which is not for newbies in C compilers), then you can always use a prebuilt PPM distribution, which is nice.

        But I sincerely dislike the idea that this installer installs an IDE for C++, just in order to compile XS modules.

        BTW Intrepid on Perlmonk told me earlier today he has built complex XS modules with MinGW to work with ActivePerl. If you know what you're doing, it's not too hard, that's what he says. Unfortunately, I don't.

        So the direction I'd like to see the most, is ActivePerl or a binary compatible perl, combined with MinGW for the C compiler, creating PPM compatible DLLs.