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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Perl on Windows sux unless you have a compiler. ActivePerl can detect and use MinGW. So, you can have a free compiler to use with perl. There is always the MSVC route though :)
    • I had hoped that Strawberry Perl would work as it comes with MinGW, but it wasn't very happy. Cygwin does dome with gcc but not everything compiles as you would expect. In the end I used a binary provided by the module owner which solved the problem in the short term. However you look at it though Windows is a naff development environment when compared to something that is actually complete like Linux.

      To be honest I'd rather not be using Windows at all but in this case I don't have much of an option...

      -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
    • At previous $job, we were a Windows shop and they provided MSVC. It didn't help much. There were still whole piles of modules that refused to compile. Some were patchable (e.g. module authors assumed directory separator was /), but others were plainly just not going to be worth the grief. Tis indeed true, that the best platform to use software on is the one it was developed on. In most cases for Perl modules, that's unix. I got to the point where I considered it a bonus if a module compiled rather tha
      • Old Sir Bill G has a lot to answer for. When he illegally created DOS and then Windows, by stealing code from others they chose to deliberately break sensible norms and the infamous back-slash directory separator was born. I know that module authors should be more platform independent but it's a pain in the posterior when vendors deliberately create confusion...

        -- "It's not magic, it's work..."