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Win32 Perl Programming: The Standard Extensions, Second Edition by Dave Roth

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ActiveState’s ActivePerl

Most users will install ActivePerl and then start using it for all sorts of scripting needs. This means that these users will download the binary distribution of ActivePerl. Alternatively, many die-hard administrators and coders will download the Perl source code so that they can manually compile the source code themselves. Many organizations require this so that an inspection can occur to guarantee that there are no security or integrity problems. This also enables an organization to compile Perl with specific modifications that are not implemented with the binary distribution from ActiveState.

There are drawbacks, however, to manually compiling Perl. If you choose to compile Perl yourself, there could be complications. ...

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