in reply to Modules in the Windows environment

To use modules under ActiveState Perl for Windows, the easiest was is to use the PPM (Perl Package Manager) program supplied with AS Perl.
To ensure it works correctly and to its maximum potential, you really need to define additional PPM respositories (places where PPM modules are stored on the web, ODP has a little list, but what follows is a long list of other PPMs that I've 'discovered'), here's a quick step through:

Go to Start->Run and enter either '' or 'cmd' dependent on your Windows version. You should then get a nice black command window (a la DOS), which you should enter the following:

c:/> ppm PPM> set repository DevelopHelp PPM> set repository Roth PPM> set repository PTK PPM> set repository Theory PPM> set repository Dada PPM> set repository Jenda PPM> set repository rto PPM> set repository OpenInteract +pmpackages/ PPM> set repository GA PPM> set repository EPN +y PPM> set repository JMC PPM> set save PPM> quit

Then when you want to install a module (for example DBI), you just need to do:

c:/> ppm PPM> search DBI PPM> install DBI PPM> quit

It really is that simple (you don't even need the search line - but its nice to do it like that as then you see if there are likely to be any other packages which may be of assistance: try search for 'sql' for example!).

If you would like to create your own PPD (Perl Package Design) module that is needed with the PPMs, then this node (which also gives 'build' information) or Jenda Krynicky's guide should be of use.