I want to write a piece of software which is essentially a regex data scrubber. I am going to take a contact list in CSV and remove all non-word characters and such from the person's name.
This project has Perl written all over it but my client base is largely non-technical and installing Perl on Windows would not be worth it for them.
Any ideas on how I can use a Perl/Python/Ruby type language without all the headaches of getting the interpreter on their computer?
Thought about web for a second but it would not work for business reasons.
You can use Perl Archive Toolkit to bring a minimal perl core + needed modules + your Perl program with you.
And you can even convert it using PAR Packer to a windows exe file that will run just like any other program, from an end user's perspective.
You can get Windows executables in all three languages.