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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I've mentioned this in some emails when asked about Vanilla and Strawberry Perl, but it probably is worth repeating here...

    Strawberry Perl has led to a substantial shift for many people from installing modules in PPM form to installing directly from CPAN. That means that a lot more test suites are being run on MSWin32 and a lot more bugs are seeing the light of day.

    Much of the energy of project participants in the last year or so has been going to gradually squashing these bugs. You can see some of the activity on the Vanilla Perl Problem Modules [perl.org] page.

    The other side effect was that I was inspired to write CPAN::Reporter [cpan.org] to make it easy for anyone with CPAN.pm to automatically submit test reports to CPAN Testers and to authors. This helped re-energize smoke testing on Win32 -- flushing out even more Win32 bugs.

    So overall, while Strawberry Perl itself hasn't changed in over a year, the quality and capabilities of Perl on Win32 have been steadily improving.

    -- dagolden

    • David,

      May I put in a request for a 5.10 version of Strawberry Perl, even though it's not yet released? Or otherwise, how can the kids try this at home?

      What do I need, over and above the blead source, to compile it and produce my own, say, Mango Perl on Win32?

      • At the moment you need to wait for a little bit for me to get the refactor of Perl::Dist finished, as there's no sane way to build atm... but that shouldn't be too far away.