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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Definitely better than AS. Compile environment included. No futzing w/PPM and VC/.NET1/NET2 libs and compilers.
    • The only thing that scared me off Strawberry was "An alpha release of Strawberry Perl is under development". How stable is it?
      • by dagolden (6584) on 2006.10.06 11:57 (#50835) Journal

        It's pretty stable -- in the sense that it's not likely to unexpectedly go belly-up on you. That said, there are substantial issues with many modules on win32 -- but that's not the fault of Vanilla/Strawberry. If a module compiles and passes its tests, then it should to be stable after that.

        Major missing piece right now: external libraries. We're working on that.

        The "alpha" in part reflects that fact that the installer package itself is evolving. Eventually, we plan to target 5.8.9 as the release version of Strawberry, because it should include lots of the core module fixes that are added on top of 5.8.8 now.

        The other reason it's marked "alpha" is to deflect support expectations. The answer to "module X doesn't work on Strawberry" is "great find, put it on the bug list".

        win32.perl.org [perl.org] has pretty up-to-date information on the known issues.

        • Sweet, thank you. That gives me exactly the level of detail I need about Strawberry Perl's stability.

          I don't need production quality, but I also don't want something that coredumps every few minutes, which is what I was afraid pre-alpha might be. :)

          Looks like I'll be trying Strawberry.
        • I'd also add that the other reason it's alpha is because we have high standards for what would be considered "production" quality.

          For example, CPAN modules installing on Strawberry still generate man pages, when it's highly likely people won't have man, or won't use it anyway. perldoc will almost always be enough.

          pl2bat isn't as nice as it should be.

          A half a dozen other nigglies still don't work quite clean enough yet, compared to how they should.

          And as dagolden mentions, there's a number of modules we wrot