in reply to Perl Compiler

There isn't a separate perl compiler per se. The compiler is part of the perl interpreter ("runtime environment").

And no, the perl interpreter isn't part of Vista. But there are multiple perl installations for windows, the most used and "polished" from a Win32 point of view is probably ActivePerl.

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Re^2: Perl Compiler
by jplindstrom (Monsignor) on Jul 07, 2008 at 21:33 UTC
    That used to be the case, but haven't been for quite some time now.

    Strawberry Perl is the least painful Windows Perl distribution nowadays.

    For a while I was continuously surprised as module after module installed without problem, but that novelty faded eventually as I got used to it just working.


      Least painful is not the same as polished, and Strawberry perl is far from polished.

      Strawberry Perl Support A quick word before we continue...

      Strawberry Perl is a community-driven Open Source project, which means that most of the people directly involved have jobs, families and/or other commitments beyond just Strawberry.

      In situations where you simply MUST have commercial support for operations or policy reasons (you know who you are) Strawberry may not be your best option. While their ActivePerl distribution may not have CPAN support out the box, ActiveState does offers support on commercial terms and can be modified to do most things that Strawberry can, albeit with some effort

        Let me put it like this: if I were to decide on a Windows Perl distro for, let's say a large enterprise, I'd probably choose Strawberry Perl, and I'd play the game well enough to not let non-issues become a factor.