This instructable is for people that think that programming is some sort of magical thing that you need expensive programs or high tech skills to do. Hopefully this instructable will remove the veil from their eyes to show them that it is easy and accessible to anyone with a computer. If you want to learn more, buy a book. The 'Sam's Teach Yourself ... in 30 days' books are good.
Step 1: Get the necessary stuff
So, you'll need a 'Perl Interpreter' to understand the code you type. Get ActivePerl (a Perl interpreter) here:
click download, enter fake name, etc
If using windows download the MSI, if it doesn't work download the AS package instead.
once downloaded, install it (just double click it, then use all the default options in the install).
Step 2: Check to see if you installed it correctly
it should show you all the version information.
to open the DOS prompt either:
A) Find it in the start menu (see image below: "Start", "Programs", "Accessories", "Command Prompt")
B)you can just click "Start" then "Run" and type cmd.exe in the window that appears.