[Pdx-pm] Perl Development on Windows

Jeff Zucker jeff at vpservices.com
Fri Dec 24 12:31:49 CST 2004

David Pool wrote:
> I know someone who's going to be doing Perl development on Windows.

Emacs works fine on windows, including cperl-mode which does syntax 
highlighting and you can also compile, run, and debug from within emacs.

Apache works fine.  There's a free distro called BigApache that includes 
an all-in-one apache-perl-mod_perl-MySQL-tomcat-PHP all built to work 
together and a one-step install.  Or you can just install each of those 
individually from either source or binaries.

The cygwin utils are essential even if you don't end up installing all 
of cygwin (cat,grep,more,ls, etc.).

PPM works well in some cases, especially if you do a bit of googling to 
find additional repositories (modulename.ppd often finds what you need).

CPAN.pm works fine too for non-XS modules, get nmake.exe (free) from 

The easiest way to install XS modules that don't have pre-built binaries 
is with CPAN.pm and MSVC (since that's what ActiveState Perl is built 
with).  If you don't want to pay for it, MS now releases free versions 
of most of it.  The free version may present some incompatabilities, but 
I've been able to use it to build DBI and other modules.  See details 
and download links for the free MSVC at my posting:


Good luck,


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