It worked for the purposes of handling git hooks etc, but it was version only version 5.8 of the language, from a decade ago.
Yesterday, I installed Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 CTP.
The setup screen showed that they were updating the bundled git
environment. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this meant they
were also including a more up-to-date
perl with it:
C:\> "C:\Program Files\git\usr\bin\perl" -v This is perl 5, version 22, subversion 0 (v5.22.0) built for x86_64-msys-thread-multi
Every developer who chooses to install git alongside Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 will have a rather recent version of Perl at their disposal. Now, this is not a complete development environment (no GNU make, no C compiler), but it makes it easier to reach for Perl on a Windows development machine.
Perl does build perfectly fine with Visual Studio 2013 tools, but it
does not build with 2015 tools due to the way it reaches into the guts
FILE structure. At least, that was the case the last
time I checked.
This still makes it cumbersome if you want to build and install your own
perl with native tools, install XS extensions etc, but, still, just
having Perl by default on many Windows development environments may
spread Perl farther than we thought possible.
It's a pity
and similar tools rely on a
perl in the user's path rather than
hardcoding the specific
perl used to invoke them. That would make
side-by-side co-existence of multiple versions of
perl as easy as it
is on *nix systems. It's a greater pity that I haven't spent any time
on trying to fix this.
For now, let's focus on the good news: Soon, a modern version of Perl will be available on many more machines.
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