View Full Version : Learning Perl...in windows...huh?


PeaceOfMind
11 November 2003, 06:58 AM
Hey everyone,
Can someone help a guy out who's trying to learn Perl in a windows environment? I know I'd have an easy time doing it in unix, but I don't really have access to it anymore. What can I download to have a little Perl shell sitting in my Windows desktop to practice basic scripting, if possible? oh dear python..it was so much easier. Thanks guys.

stew
11 November 2003, 07:09 AM
Try http://www.cygwin.com/.

gga
11 November 2003, 08:10 AM
or:

http://www.activestate.com/

ActiveState Perl is a stand-alone perl distribution that uses native windows code, installers and so forth. It also comes with a PPM to control installation of perl packages (modules).
It is also available now on linux, too.

Cygnus tools on the other hand, try to mimic a unix environment much more closely and rely on a cygwin library for most applications meaning it interfaces with windows a little bit more awkwardly but better with unix environments.

rendermaniac
11 November 2003, 10:45 PM
If nothing else get Cygwin to use as a shell. Being able to tab complete path names is great, plus you get really nice unix tools.
Also Remember to add .pl to your files on Windows.

Simon

PlebianX
12 December 2003, 08:29 AM
Not to be rude, but directory and filename completion have been available in the windows command prompt since I believe win2k. It's definately in WinXP at any rate. :beer: ;)

mastermesh
12 December 2003, 12:52 AM
activestate's the way to go... while you're at it grab their other stuff to download for free too :)

Hugh
12 December 2003, 07:37 AM
Originally posted by PlebianX
Not to be rude, but directory and filename completion have been available in the windows command prompt since I believe win2k. It's definately in WinXP at any rate. :beer: ;)


It's not in Win2k as default - no obvious setting to turn it on, but I'm sure I have had it on in Win2k before....

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