A couple of weeks ago, PerlTricks ran a little article on using KeePass (as a file format) to secure your data, which prompted me to dust off and finish some code I'd started sometime last year.
The problem with using File::KeePass (as astoundingly fantastic as it is!) is that the point of using KeePass in the first place is to keep you from having to see passwords at all (once you've started the KeePass utility and logged int…
While doing some Registry-related things with Perl a couple of weeks ago, I ran into something that took me nearly a day to figure out: Win32::TieRegistry asks for write access to the Registry by default, and under Win7 that requires Administrator privileges. (I kid you not, it took me over a day to figure that out.)
Well, getting what turns out to be called "elevated privileges" from Perl turns out to have been pretty hard - a lot harder than it should have been, for reasons I went into in some detail in a little article abo…
As a Perl programmer on Windows, I've often had moments of supreme frustration. I can't use SSH or SFTP from Perl, and I can't use some of the mail handling modules. When I got started back in the early years of the century, I couldn't even use CPAN; I had to compile my own Perl and accept the fact that tests just mostly had no chance of working. Over the past year or two, however, especially as I've come to rely on CPANtesters for my own modules, I've started to realize that one reason for this is the lack of dense testing of modules on Windows. (Yeah, Paul Evans had something to do with that realization, too.)
But then Gábor Szabó posted on Google+ that he hoped to make it to #20 on the Windows smoke tester leaderboard. (As of today, he's at #19 - congrats!)
Wait. There's a leaderboard?