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


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.


This is the README file for Win32::GUI v1.14 built on 01 Jun 2017.

Source and ActiveState Perl PPMs are available from http://sourceforge.net/projects/perl-win32-gui/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.


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


Runtime requirements:


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 test
  nmake install

MinGW and ExtUtils::FakeConfig

  perl -MConfig_m Makefile.PL
  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

Strawberry Perl

  perl Makefile.PL
  dmake test
  dmake install


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


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:


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 test
  make install


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 test
  nmake ppm

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


Documentation for Win32::GUI v1.14 created 01 Jun 2017

This document is autogenerated by the build process. Edits made here will be lost. Edit docs/GUI/UserGuide/Readme.pod instead.


Homepage: http://perl-win32-gui.sourceforge.net/.

For further support join the users mailing list from the website at http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/perl-win32-gui-users. There is a searchable list archive at http://sourceforge.net/p/perl-win32-gui/mailman/perl-win32-gui-users/.


Copyright (c) 1997..2017 Aldo Calpini. All rights reserved.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.