What's included in ActivePerl?


ActivePerl includes the core Perl documentation, the Perl FAQ, and the ActivePerl User Guide (which contains information specific to ActivePerl, such as the Release Notes and ActivePerl component documentation).

The ActivePerl User Guide is provided in HTML format; using a web browser, load the file <ActivePerlInstallDir>/html/index.html to view the document set. The ActivePerl User Guide includes the following information:

  • Getting Started: This section contains a high-level introduction to ActivePerl, documentation of the Perl Package Manager, instructions on how to configure your web browser to support ActivePerl CGI scripts, and general information specific to ActivePerl, such as the Release Notes, Change Logs and the License and Copyright information.
  • ActivePerl Components: This section contains an overview of the ActivePerl components, as well as documentation of the major ActivePerl components, such as the OLE Browser, PerlScript, Perl for ISAPI, PerlEx and PerlEz.
  • ActivePerl FAQ: This section includes general ActivePerl Frequently Asked Questions pages, as well as several FAQs on Windows-related issues.
  • Windows Scripting: This section includes several pages documenting issues specific to writing ActivePerl scripts on Windows platforms.
  • Core Documentation, Programs, Pragmas and Modules These sections contain HTML versions of the PerlDoc or Man Page documentation for the Perl core, Perl programs, Perl pragmas, and Perl modules that are included with ActivePerl.

Note: When you add packages to your Perl installation using the Perl Package Manager, the ActivePerl User Guide is updated with the documentation contained in the new modules.

Perl documentation can also be accessed from the command line by using the perldoc command to display the embedded documentation for the specified module. For example:

perldoc <module_name>.pm


For installation-related support issues, check the ActivePerl Support forum and the ActivePerl Mailing List archives. If you do not find the answer to your problem, contact support@ActiveState.com for installation assistance.

Please submit bug reports and enhancement requests via the ActivePerl Bug Database. All bug reports should be accompanied by one or more concrete examples that will help us reproduce the problem. Include all relevant information that you think will help us recreate the particular environment in which the bug was observed. Remember, if we cannot reproduce the problem, we cannot fix it!

Commercial Support

ActivePerl Enterprise is a corporate support solution for Perl. ActivePerl Enterprise provides the comprehensive support that an enterprise needs to deploy Perl in mission-critical applications.

More Perl Resources

Internet Web sites

Usenet Newsgroups

Usenet newsgroups are another good source of information and advice regarding Perl. Please consult your system administrator or Internet service provider for availability of the following groups:

  • comp.lang.perl.announce
  • comp.lang.perl.misc
  • comp.lang.perl.modules
  • comp.lang.perl.tk

There are also some non-English Perl related newsgroups:

  • de.comp.lang.perl
  • fj.lang.perl
  • fr.comp.lang.perl
  • it.comp.lang.perl
  • no.it.programmering.perl
  • pl.comp.lang.perl
  • japan.comp.lang.per

Books on Perl

The following books published by O’Reilly & Associates are useful resources:

  • Srinivasan, Sriram. Advanced Perl Programming
  • Gundavaram, Shishir. CGI Programming on the World Wide Web
  • Schwartz, Randal L., Erik Olson & Tom Christiansen. Learning Perl on Win32 Systems
  • Schwartz, Randal L. & Tom Christiansen, foreword by Larry Wall. Learning Perl, 2nd Edition
  • Friedl, Jeffrey E. F. Mastering Regular Expressions: Powerful Techniques for Perl and Other Tools
  • Vromans, Johan. Perl 5 Desktop Reference
  • Christiansen, Tom & Nathan Torkington. Perl Cookbook
  • Wall, Larry, Tom Christiansen & Randal L. Schwartz. Programming Perl, 2nd Edition
  • Wong, Clinton. Web Client Programming with Perl: Automating Tasks on the Web