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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Trainers that need workstations with various flavors of Windows can have one classroom with machines that have several VMs on them. Switching between the VMs and the maintenance of those VMs is a snap.
    I think VMWare used to have a case study on how VMs make a team more productive. IIRC, Netscape (remember them?) used to use VM configurations to load all of the relevant browsers for windows inside of VMWare images. This allowed them to work around the problems that Windows browsers have when they try to make system level configuration changes that break other software (especially other browsers). Running each browser in its own standalone image allowed them to test everything without the headaches of (needless) software conflicts.
    • I'm using VMWare to distribute open source software [attbi.com] that can be somewhat of a challenge to install.

      I also set up VMs for most of the clients I work with, and store them on a portable hard drive. That way when it's time to switch to that project, I unsuspend the VM and I'm ready to go, either from my laptop or my desktop. It saves a lot of time setting up different dev/test enviroments that don't really install well on the same box (Linux/Apache, W2K/IIS, Oracle, SQL2K, SQL7).