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Riding the Duct Tape Camel ..

by notsoevil (Pilgrim)
on May 18, 2001 at 00:34 UTC ( #81365=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

UnixReview has an article on Mac OS X, in which the following was said:

"It's just not a true *nix without the ability to use the duct tape of the Internet. Never fear, Apple includes Perl version 5.6. Most of the small scripts that I've been using on my Linux boxen worked just fine, unless there was a reference to a full directory pathname like /home/user/something. Apple, weirdly enough, decided that they should buck the norm and put home directories under /Users instead of /home.

Apple's Apache install doesn't support Perl out of the box, but it should be easy enough to add.

Unfortunately, Apple's nifty Project Builder doesn't support Perl as a project option. Sure, you can edit your Perl scripts in vi or Emacs, but it'd be nice to be able to use their IDE for Perls as well. Technically, you can edit Perl scripts in Project Builder, but it doesn't have syntax highlighting for Perl or support for walking through a Perl script.

The Apple Package Maker program does support Perl and other scripting languages for installing programs, however. So, if you're creating an application using Apple's Developer Tools and want to use a Perl script to prepare to install a program, or to clean up after the install, Perl is supported."

I believe UnixReview deserves a ++ for that, don't you?

The full article is here for those interested.

Jeremiah 49:32 - And their camels shall be a booty. . .

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Re: Riding the Duct Tape Camel ..
by asiufy (Monk) on May 18, 2001 at 02:19 UTC
    Sure they do! It has been a relief being able to develop "on the road" with my PowerBook G4 and OS X... No more being tied to a server, or worse, having to run Linux on a (usually shoddy) PC laptop...

    Can't wait for Tcl/Tk support, though... Or any other interface to Quartz (OS X GUI).

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