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Old 11 November 2003   #1
Learning Perl...in windows...huh?

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.
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Old 11 November 2003   #2
Try http://www.cygwin.com/.
 
Old 11 November 2003   #3
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.
 
Old 11 November 2003   #4
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.

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Old 12 December 2003   #5
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.
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Old 12 December 2003   #6
yes

activestate's the way to go... while you're at it grab their other stuff to download for free too
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Old 12 December 2003   #7
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.



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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