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  • While these are not Windows specific issues but it would be nice to see more web based APIs of Microsoft implemented in Perl and available on CPAN. For example I recently looked at the maps [] and the Bing Maps API [] but as far as I can tell there is no Perl version for these.

    Do they have an API to get a list of Points of Interest around a set of coordinates?

  • I heard that Azure officially supports PHP,Ruby,Python(?).. but Perl.
    Why ?
  • If they saw a demo of some of Perl 6's features (fibonacci in a single line, for example) they might get excited about the idea of helping with Perl 6 on .NET (see "backend diversity" at []).
    • It's been my experience that Microsoft doesn't necessarily work that way, except in a limited fashion.

      What they are both interested and capable the most in is in the area of "Interop" as they call it. Contained, concrete steps they can take to remove roadblock from the path of otherwise active technologies, and to make them work better on Windows.

      Some of these are financial, like the CPAN Testing Lab and their (rumored) free code signing certs. Some are toolchain related like CoApp.

      The issues where they are

  • I would LOVE it if there would be better IIS support for Perl, either by supporting FastCGI and bundling StrawberryPerl in the Microsoft Web platform, or by supporting Plack in IIS. Oh man that would rock!
  • Is the "CPAN Testing Lab" that virtual machine/VNC thing you mentioned some time ago for authors to use to test their code using? I tried using it, but found it to be impossible, because for something to be a viable debugging environment you need more than just perl. You need a usable editor (which Notepad ain't); you need tools like grep etc; you need to be able to easily find stuff. Now, maybe all of those things do exist and I was just looking in the wrong places, but if MS are going to take interoper