Programming Perl on Windows

I have decided to try my hand at Perl programming on the Windows platform. I downloaded and installed ActiveState Perl on my Windows XP workstation. Installation was smooth, but….how did I use CPAN to download the modules I needed. I know Active Perl has the PPM (Perl package manager), but…not all the modules I need are available. Perhaps there is a way to install them manually.

I wrote a small win Perl application using the Win32 module. It does not do much. It spawns a dialogue that asks the user a yes or no question and then presents a different dialogue based on the response. Then it exits.