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After that you can write perl programs as described above and you can start them from the bash shell as long as you make then executable and set the #! line (basically, follow the UNIX instructions)
If you feel up to it, you can also compile perl from source using either cygwin with gcc and GNU make, or microsoft VC++ and nmake.
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