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NAME ^

Win32::GUI::UserGuide::Readme - Perl-Win32 Graphical User Interface Extension README

DESCRIPTION ^

Win32::GUI is a Win32-platform native graphical user interface toolkit for perl. Basically, it's an XS implementation of most of the functions found in user32.dll and gdi32.dll, with an object oriented perl interface and an event-based dialog model that mimic the functionality of visual basic.

AVAILABILITY ^

This is the README file for Win32::GUI v__W32G_VERSION__ built on __W32G_DATE__.

Source and ActiveState Perl PPMs are available from __W32G_WEB_FILES__.

A cygwin distribution (available through cygwin's setup.exe) is maintained by Reini Urban (rurban@x-ray.at).

If the Win32::GUI version number contains an underscore, then it is an alpha, beta or release candidate distribution. If there is no such underscore, then it is a stable release.

INSTALLING ^

ActiveState ActivePerl PPMs

It is recommended to uninstall any previous version of Win32::GUI before installing a new version. This ensures old documentation is removed correctly. From a command prompt run:

  ppm uninstall Win32-GUI

If you have any packages that are dependent on Win32::GUI you may need to add the -force option to the command line. See your documentation for PPM.

Unzip the PPM distribution into a local directory. From a command prompt in that directory run:

  ppm install ./Win32-GUI.ppd

Cygwin

Runtime requirements:

  cygwin
  perl-5.8.6
  w32api

Use the cygwin setup.exe tool to locate, download and install the perl-Win32-GUI binary package.

Cygwin port questions to the mailinglist <cygwin@cygwin.com>

Building from source ^

Unpack the distribution into a local directory, and from a command prompt in that directory follow the instructions below.

These instructions assume that you have already set up your build environment, and can build source distributions. The following environments are known to work:

Microsoft Visual C++ V6

Other versions may work. There are reported issues with VC++ 7 which links with a different C runtime to VC++ 6, and so you may have issues running an extension built with VC++ 7 with the ActiveState Perls.

  perl Makefle.PL
  nmake
  nmake test
  nmake install

MinGW and ExtUtils::FakeConfig

  perl -MConfig_m Makefile.PL
  nmake
  nmake test
  nmake install

Built this way the GUI.dll extension can be very large (~3MB). There is a module in the build_tools directory that works with Config_m and Extutils::FakeConfig to set the MinGW compiler flags more optimally. If you want to try this, then replace the first command with:

  perl -Ibuild_tools -MConfig_mO Makefile.PL

Cygwin

Build requirements (over and above the runtime requirements above):

  cygwin
  cygutils
  gcc
  make
  gzip

Build instructions:

unpack perl-Win32-GUI-X.XX-X-src.tar.bz2. If you use setup to install this src package, it will be unpacked under /usr/src automatically.

  cd /usr/src
  ./perl-Win32-GUI-X.XX-X.sh all

This will create:

  /usr/src/perl-Win32-GUI-X.XX-X.tar.bz2
  /usr/src/perl-Win32-GUI-X.XX-X-src.tar.bz2

Port Notes:

The dll's must probably be rebased. If a remap error occurs run rebaseall from the rebase package. The packaged version is already rebased to my personal settings.

For a source build from the official source, the standard build process should be sufficient:

  Perl Makefile.PL
  make
  make test
  make install

Documentation ^

POD documentation

When building from source the POD documentation is built automatically by the make process. It can also be generated by issuing:

  nmake poddocs;

HTML Documentation

HTML documentation is included with the PPM distributions, and installed into your ActiveState Perl documentation tree by the install process.

The HTML documentation can also be generated by issuing:

  nmake htmldocs;

Building your own PPM from source ^

You will need tar, gzip and zip utilities on your path. Issue the following commands.

  perl Makefile.PL (adjust as necessary for your build environment)
  nmake
  nmake test
  nmake ppm

This procedure will generate a PPM for your current perl environment, including the HTML documentation, ready for installation as above.

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