Simple and easy to create out of process, look at Win32::Process and using the Win32::GUI library to get the handle to the desktop "window". I use this in a PerlSvc (activestate Perl Dev Kit) to spawn my automated system metrics recording and virus/spyware scans. Any event can trigger the calling of script by this method, (a)synchronous from the perl script that you have controlling any given action.

_code_
# required modules
use Win32::GUI;
use Win32::Process ('STILL_ACTIVE');

sub PERL_PATH(){ return "c:/perl/bin/perl.exe"};

# get the desktop "window" handle
my $hDesktop = Win32::GUI::GetDesktopWindow();

# fire up a subprocess that is a child to the desktop (aka explorer.exe, and appears as any standard program)
my $child_perl_script;
Win32::Process::Create( $child_perl_script, PERL_PATH, "[standard perl.exe command line arguments]",
0, 0, cwd() );

# wait for process..?? [optional]
$child_perl_script->wait();

# get the exit code [will return STILL_ACTIVE if not complete)
my $exit_code;
$child_perl_script->GetExitCode( $exit_code );
if( $exit_code == STILL_ACTIVE ){
    print "child script still running... I'll leave it be a while...\n";
}else{
    print "child script exited with $exit_code\n";
}
_code_

Enjoy the wonders of perl on win32 :p

Jason P.

mike morrison wrote:
Hello,
I am a new Perl programmer and I have just discovered the win32::api interface.  I think it is really cool.  I have written a plain Jane  menu script in Perl that executes on the command line but I would like to Gui-ize it to make it more user friendly for my W-intel techs.  How can I call other scripts from the menu items in the MDI form or  is there a way I can use form objects for input then use them for running a script in the background?
 
Thanks,
Mike

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