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  11 November 2003
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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  11 November 2003
Try http://www.cygwin.com/.
  11 November 2003


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.
  11 November 2003
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.

  12 December 2003
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.
  12 December 2003

activestate's the way to go... while you're at it grab their other stuff to download for free too
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  12 December 2003
Quote: 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....
Hugh Macdonald
  01 January 2006
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