Does PERL Ghave GUI extensions?

Posted on 1998-06-26
Last Modified: 2010-03-04
We are considering using Netscape Browser to provide some display/browse/search
functions for our Client/Server banking application which uses Solaris 2.5.1, Informix
Work Group Server 7.2.UC2 and Win95 Clients.
We can view and search ASCII reports in the browser, but we want to create a user
friendly front end that can be used to start the browser on the Win95 client and provide
a list of reports to select and view, etc. The reports will reside on the Solaris server.
We are considering using a development tool to write this front end. Please compare
Perl, JAVA,  and Tk/Tcl and tell me why we should use Perl.
Perl can only run on the Solaris,  right? I,ve used a perl script for system administration
before, but I'd like to know if it has any GUI and if it has been ported to Win95 yet.
If I want to use a scripting tool that accepts input from the client, what will I need on the
Solaris server to support the capture and processing of the data received at the client?
I think I'll need an HTTP server running on Solaris right?
Please provide the details necessary to setup one or point me to a site where I can print
some documentation.
Question by:denmarkw
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>    Perl can only run on the Solaris,  right?

Nope.  Perl runs quite well on Win95, WinNT and all Unix boxes.

>  I'd like to know if it has any GUI

It has a couple, but the only one that I know of that has also been ported to Win32 boxes is perlTk.  You mentioned Tk/Tcl... you may know that Tcl is a scripting language, and Tk is a gui library.  PerlTk is the port of Tk to Perl... Perl GUI's with objects, yet.  Fore more information,

(Note, that you'll need the "GURU" version of perl for win32, not the Hip/active state.  Also, TK-800 is still in beta, try the Tk-405 version for the meantime)

> what will I need on the
    Solaris server to support the capture and processing of the data received at the client?
    I think I'll need an HTTP server running on Solaris right?

That's certainly one way of doing it, and you can use the Lib-WWW-perl module to help you get it done.  For more info on that one, see

Each of the readme's should lead you to appropriate download links....
By the way, whenever you need info about perl, is a good place to start.

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Where can I download Perl for Win95. What are the latest versions on Unix & Win95?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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You'll find that information at  It's best, by the way, if you have VC++ 5, as it's best not to rely on binary distributions if they can be avoided.
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You can use your browser for the GUI, invoking perl via CGI

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