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Perl Resources for Win32

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The Open Source Community is an incredible movement with an unbelievable creative energy. At its forefront is a programming language called Perl that has amassed a following that is growing daily. Perl is free. easy to understand, well documented, powerful, and is constantly being improved. Even Microsoft has finally accepted Perl and includes a version with their Windows 2000 Source Media.

Like so many things related to IT, the best resources for Perl are online (although excellent books are also available). These pages are a guide for the Administrator who may have little or no experience with Perl and is looking for the crash course as it relates to Windows NT/2000.

Perl Resources and Links

PERL.com 
This is the central Web site for the Perl community. Launched by Tom Christiansen and sponsored by O'Reilly Books, it provides a starting place for finding out everything about Perl. Undoubtedly the best Perl resource on the web.

CPAN: Comprehensive Perl Archive Network: List of Sites 
If you are new PERL, CPAN is how everything that is Perl is distributed Worldwide. You'll find everything you need (source code, modules, etc.,)

Perl Crawler  
A search engine that's just for sites that cover Perl CGI programming. This will save you lot's of time.

PerlDoc.com
A great source for Perl documentation, modules, POD's, executables, and FAQ's

Perl Man Pages  
Essentially a searchable resource link for Perl documentation.

Perl Mongers  
A not-for-profit organization whose mission is to establish Perl user groups.

Steve Litt's PERL's of Wisdom  
"The 10% you need for 90% of your work"  A very useful guide for beginners as well as a great source for quick syntax checks.

The Perl FAQ Index 
The quick guide to the official Perl FAQ and others.

The Perl Manual  
The definitive online reference.

The Perl Ring Home Page 
A great place to start when looking for more Perl web sites as it has more than 80 members. You can access the list of sites directly here.


Perl for Win32 Pages

Active State  
Formed in 1997 by Dick Hardt and O'Reilly and Associates to create professional Perl development tools. Hardt brought Perl to the Windows world with Perl for Win32, the first OLE automation scripting language on Windows NT. Microsoft included ActiveState's Perl for Win32 in its Windows NT Resource Kit, and has recently signed a 3 year agreement with Active State for Perl Open Source Development.

Dada's Perl Lab
Aldo Calpini's contribution to the Perl Ring. Lots of useful stuff.

Joe's Perl for Win32 Page  
Another good page that has links and resources specifically for NT.

Perl Reference Page  
Comprehensive list of Perl Resources categorized by topic. Edited by Clay Irving. Check out the Win 3.x, 95, NT reference page.

Perl on IIS 4 FAQ  
It has been a few months since it's been updated, but if you're running IIS, this is a must read.

Robin's Perl for Win32 Page 
A very well done (and lighthearted) guide to running Perl on Win32.

Steve Litt's PERL's of Wisdom  
"The 10% you need for 90% of your work"  A very useful guide for beginners as well as a great source for quick syntax checks.

Windows NT and Perl  
An excellent page by Jerry Winegard with plenty of examples, downloads, etc.

Where to start - Perl FAQ's and Tutorials

Commanding NT's Command Line
Perl's powerful text processing capabilities can put you back in control of NT's command line. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (May 1998)

Executable Perl Scripts
Running Perl scripts on Windows 95 or Windows NT Workstations. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Feb 1998)

FMTEYEWTK 
Far More Than Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Perl by Tom Christiansen

Getting Started with Perl  
A quick one page intro to Perl which leads into his excellent online course Perl Lessons

Inside the New Perl Resource Kit
The new kit will significantly affect the Windows NT and Perl communities. Source: Windows 2000 Magazine (Sept 1998)

Modify the Registry with Perl
Use this Perl script to automate Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) client IP address changes in an enterprise network. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Jan 1998)

Nik Silver's Perl Tutorial  
A good site, but geared more for UNIX and PERL.

Perl Basics
A few fundamentals of Perl that you'll want to keep in mind. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Jan 1998)

Perl COM Objects
Learn how to create COM automation servers in Perl. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Nov 1998)

Perl FAQ Index  
A quick index to all of the important Perl FAQ's including the 10 part current FAQ, the CGI Security FAQ, Perl Auto-FAQ, and the Perl Manual in HTML format.

Perl for Win32 FAQ  
A must read if you want to run Perl on Windows NT. You'll find another copy here.

Robert's W32 Perl Tutorial  
This site assumes that you know nothing about Perl and need is a great place to start for NT Admins with no programming experience.

Take 10 Minutes to Learn Perl  
A great site (and the only Geo-Cities link you'll find on this site.) If you're new to PERL, stop here for some great tutorials.

University of Missouri's Introduction to Perl   
A great short course by Greg Johnston  

Perl Articles

Using Perl Builder  
An excellent article by Mike Micmillan, Windows NT Systems Sept 1998

What is PERL?  
A short description of Perl by its founder Larry Wall.

Taming of the Camel 
An overview of Perl by its creator Larry Wall

The Virtues of Perl  
An interview with Larry Wall, the creator of Perl

My Favorite Perl functions  
By Brent Michealski

Remote Perl Calling  
A tutorial on RPC for the advanced programmer.

Perl Related NewsGroups

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