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Strawberry Perl: Achieving Win32 Platform Equality

Perl
Location: Portland 256 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.42, 12 ratings)

Over two years in the making, and involving dozens of patches to the Perl Core and the CPAN toolchain, Strawberry Perl has reached the first production release.

This is an introductory talk on Strawberry Perl by the current Strawberry Pumpking, Adam Kennedy.

Starting from very beginning, the talk ranges over issues like:

  • Why it finally became possible to create a fully open source Win32 Perl distribution.
  • The trials and tribulations of forming a development team and a community.
  • The politics and drama of bullying the Perl 5 Porters and CPAN Illuminati into making changes.
  • How we balanced the (endless) demands of Win32 Perl users with the limited time of developers to achieve a stable and reliable product.

The talk also provides a brief overview of the Perl::Dist toolkit that was used to build Strawberry Perl, and how to use it to create customized Perl distributions.

Finally, the talk will cover the future priorities of the project and the new advances being added to meet the needs of the highly varied userbase.

Adam Kennedy

Corporate Express Australia

Adam Kennedy is one of Perl’s “Beautiful People”. Brilliant and stunningly handsome, yet still modest, he particularly enjoys being asked to write his own biographies for conferences.

Adam is the author of the “theoretically impossible” Perl Parsing Interface (PPI), has released over 150 CPAN module, and created both win32.perl.org and the Strawberry Perl Win32 Perl distribution.

OSCON 2008