The Padre on Strawberry project started out with my need to make it easy to install Padre on Windows machines along with some CPAN modules.
I was giving an Advanced Perl class and I wanted to make sure the students don't need to spend time installing additional modules.
I'll want to enhance it so that it includes all the modules I need for my various training classes. This means a lot of the testing related modules. Both from Test::* namespace and tools that help interact with the environment. eg. WWW::Mechanize, Net::Telnet, Win32::GUITest, etc.
Then I thought this distribution could be enhanced to include a lot more things to satisfy almost all the prerequisites for Perl development.
That is probably going to be larger than the Strawberry Professional (that used to have a code name Chocolate Perl).
But I dreamt further.
It could showcase a number of applications written in Perl. Both desktop and web based. So people can download a single package to their Windows desktop and have a web application running within minutes.
While I'd like to stick to CPAN as much as possible there are already pieces that come from elsewhere. Starting with a fresh Strawberry installation and the source code of WxWidgets. There are more.
I am not sure though that I wan to include MySQL or PostgreSQL in the package. Nor do I wan to supply Apache. That would be scary.
As the database drivers are already included in Strawberry I might be able to tell the users how to install the database separately. In any case the application must be able to run without further configuration.
Anyway, I think I'll focus on distributing simple applications that use plain files or SQLite.
So what kind of applications are there on CPAN that are worth to distribute?
Published on 2011-06-15 by Gabor Szabo