Installing Perl Dev Kit (PDK)

This section provides a tutorial example of installing Perl Dev Kit from ActiveStat, which contains a tool, perlapp, to convert Perl program into a standalone application.

Since I have ActivePerl from ActiveState installed on my machine, I am going to try Perl Dev Kit (PDK) from ActiveState. Note that PDK is not a freeware like ActivePerl. But it offers a 21-day trial license. Here is how I installed PDK on my system:

1. Go to and download PDK-Deployment- The file is about 6 MB.

2. Double click on PDK-Deployment- to install it to a directory called: \pdk.

3. To try it, run the perlapp in a command window as:

herong> \pdk\bin\perlapp -help

You don't seem to have a valid license.
Please purchase a license from

4. Ok, now go back to and click the "Try" button. You need to fill in a form to register yourself for a trial license key.

5. After submitting the form, I got an email with a download link. So I followed the link and downloaded a file called: T20ABCC9A1-PLDK60T-1466.exe.

6. Double click on T20ABCC9A1-PLDK60T-1466.exe to install the 21-day trial license.

7. Run the perlapp again:

herong> \pdk\bin\perlapp -help

    perlapp - Convert Perl program into a standalone application


Very cool, I got PDK running on my system.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Perl on Linux Systems

 ActivePerl on Windows Systems

 Data Types: Values and Variables

 Expressions, Operations and Simple Statements

 User Defined Subroutines

 Perl Built-in Debugger

 Name Spaces and Perl Module Files

 Symbolic (or Soft) References

 Hard References - Addresses of Memory Objects

 Objects (or References) and Classes (or Packages)

 Typeglob and Importing Identifiers from Other Packages

 String Built-in Functions and Performance

 File Handles and Data Input/Output

 Open Files in Binary Mode

 Open Directories and Read File Names

 File System Functions and Operations

 Image and Picture Processing

 Using DBM Database Files

 Using MySQL Database Server

 Socket Communication Over the Internet

 XML::Simple Module - XML Parser and Generator

 XML Communication Model

 SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

 Perl Programs as IIS Server CGI Scripts

 CGI (Common Gateway Interface)

 XML-RPC - Remote Procedure Call with XML and HTTP

 RPC::XML - Perl Implementation of XML-RPC

 Integrating Perl with Apache Web Server Module for Building Web Pages

 LWP::UserAgent and Web Site Testing

Converting Perl Script to Executable Binary

 Perl Script Conversion Tools

Installing Perl Dev Kit (PDK)

 Running PerlApp to Convert *.pl to *.exe

 Managing Perl Engine and Modules on macOS

 Archived Tutorials


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