Hints for Perl 6 on Windows

I’m not going to waste too much time in the book explaining any particular operating system. I want to save space and I know I’ll probably want to keep updating those bits anyway. Here are some hints for Windows. While writing the book I test stuff with Windows 10 and a particular workflow that I liked well enough. You might like something different (and if you do you probably don’t need these instructions).

And I need these instructions because I’m not a regular Windows user. I’ve also written about this setup in my Windows Perl site so I won’t repeat most of it here. If you have a different setup that works for you let me know about it.

The Chocolatey package manager

I use the Chocolatey package manager to get most of what I need; that includes Rakudo Star, and ConEmu Follow its installation instructions to install that from a PowerShell administrator window:

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> choco install rakudostar
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> choco install ConEmu
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> choco install notepadplusplus
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> choco install git
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> refreshenv

Check your programs

After you install Rakudo and refresh the environment try a simple invocation from the command line. You can check the version. You should get something like this:

C:\Users\hamadryas> perl6 -v
This is Rakudo Star version 2017.10 built on MoarVM version 2017.10
implementing Perl 6.c.

Edit a file

Somehow create and edit a file. If you installed NotePad++ you can run it from the command line:

C:\Users\hamadryas> notepad++ hello-perl6.p6

Put in this text:

put 'Hello Perl 6';

Run a file

C:\Users\hamadryas> perl6 hello-perl6.p6

There are some Unicode test programs in the Learning Perl 6 Downloads repo.

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