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Absolute beginner absolutely lost, using Mac


Ralph Burns

May 26, 2000, 10:54 AM

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Absolute beginner absolutely lost, using Mac Can't Post

...been reading about Perl for a few hours and want to post a simple form...Now, I've got all the paths from my host; i've built the form; have worked up Perl for the form, but what i don't even have a clue on is this: basically what's next?
Does it work with a Mac?
Do I need to get something (program,compiler,whaterver) to make it run?
If so, what is it and where do I get it?
Also, do i need to install a Perl folder
on my harddrive? (read somewhere you didn't have to if its on your server???) Finally, am i understanding correctly that the Perl script can be installed with, in my case, a Simpletext document in the perl bin on my server?

If someone would help me take off these blindfolds...not that i still won't be in the dark...thanks in advance...Ralph


May 30, 2000, 6:09 PM

Post #2 of 2 (1387 views)
Re: Absolute beginner absolutely lost, using Mac [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello Ralph,

Perl is not going to run on your Mac nor will it run on a PC at least not in raw form. Perl requires a server configure with .. example Unix/Apache Server or MS Server running the MS ver of Perl.

You must write your script in a ANSI editor and upload to a server in ANSI and set the permissions to run it. Then you can run your script from the command line of your browser or telnet client depending on the type of script it is.

I suggest you keep reading for awhile before you jump in to write a script and get a better understanding of Perl and what it can and can't do. A good place to start are the tutorial links on this site.

Best of Luck

P.S. O'Reilly Perl series books are great to get you from beginer to pro.

[This message has been edited by JC (edited 05-30-2000).]


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