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Perl module P214
System Dependencies
Exercises, examples and other material relating to training module P214. This topic is presented on public course Perl bootcamp

Perl code is remarkably portable, but even with the best will in the world, there are always one or two things to consider if you're writing code that's got to be equally at home on Windows XP, Linux and OS X. This module also covers the use of Perl to access Microsoft-specific DLLs, allowing you to write a program to handle your Word document or Excel spreadsheet directly.

Articles and tips on this subjectupdated
2825Perl course - is it tailored to Linux, or Microsoft Windows?
Sharing an answer to a customer enquiry ... Q: Is the course tailored to Linux operating system? A: "Yes and no" is probably the best short answer I can give :-/ Perl is an extremely portable language - so your Perl script will run very much the same way if the host operating system is Linux, Windows, ...
1702Running operating system commands in Perl
Perl is excellent "glueware" - a language which can be well used to connect together a whole lot of elements. And one of those elements may be operating system commands run from within the Perl program. Here are (three!) ways that you can do it - in each case leaving the result of running the commands ...
733Perl for Systems Admin - suid scripts
I've just completed a week teaching Perl to a systems administration team, and most of their work is involved in traversing data logs and system reports and extracting pertinent information / seeing when characteristics change - classic for a Practical Extraction and Reporting Language from which "Perl" ...
Examples from our training material
back   system dependent backquotes
blockshell   running a series of shell commands
courseend.pl   OS independent admin example - bundling up all training examples after a course
cv   End of line character conversion - Windows to Linux / Unix
faad   A template system report summary
hostinfo   Looking up host by IP address and name
info_more   looking at your perl configuration in detail
msexcel   Creating an Excel spread sheet
msword   extracting from a Word document ready for upload!
mytemp   template for faad example
registry.pl   Example of using registry from Perl
userinfo   use of getpwnam for user information
ws1.wsf   Using Windows Script to list out special directories
ws2.wsf   Windows script - report on a datafile
A Perl practical
Background information
Some modules are available for download as a sample of our material or under an Open Training Notes License for free download from [here].
Topics covered in this module
The philosophy.
How is it so portable?.
Finding out what system your script is running on.
Shell access.
System database enquiries.
How Perl helps on crossplatform requirements.
Text files - end-of-line characters.
Handling Microsoft Word and Excel files in Perl.
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