As of this writing, AxKit’s support for the Microsoft Windows environment should be considered experimental. Anyone who decides to put such a server into production does so at her own risk. AxKit will run in most cases. (Win9x users are out of luck.) If you are looking for an environment in which to learn XML web-publishing techniques, then AxKit on Win32 is certainly a viable choice.
If you do not already have ActiveState’s
Windows-friendly version of Perl installed, you must first download
and install that before proceeding. It is available from http://www.activestate.com/. I suggest you
get the latest version from the 5.8.x branch.
In addition, you need the Windows port of the Apache web server. You
can obtain links to the Windows installer from http://httpd.apache.org/. Be sure to grab the
latest in the 1.3.x branch. Next, grab the
official Win32 binaries for
libxslt from http://www.zlatkovic.com/libxml.en.html and
follow the installation instructions there.
After you install Apache, Perl
libxslt, you can install AxKit using
ActiveState’s ppm utility (which
was installed when you installed ActivePerl). Simply open a command
prompt, and type the following:
C:\> ppm ppm> repository add theoryx http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppms ppm> install mod_perl-1 ppm> install libapreq-1 ppm> install XML-LibXML ppm> install XML-LibXSLT ppm> install AxKit-1
Finally, add the following line to your
httpd.conf and start Apache:
LoadModule perl_module ...