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How to use Perl in your LaTeX Design Flow?
Anyone who typesets with LaTeX has probably grown tired of creating new LaTeX top level or lower level modules. I have generated a couple of Perl Scripts that will automatically generate the top level module and lower level module for you. These Perl Scripts can be invoked from within a Cygwin or a DOS Command Window. Below are the scripts:

How to use latex_new.pl?
This utility is intended to make creating new LaTeX modules easier. This script will create a new LaTeX file called "new_module_name.tex" when you type the following command:
	!! latex_new.pl new_module_name.tex
The script will generate the empty LaTeX template for you in the file "new_module_name.tex". Note: "new_module_name.tex" is the name of the new LaTeX file and can be anything you like. You can either use Cygwin or a DOS Command prompt to run this script. If you want to use a Cygwin or a DOS Command prompt, then see the instructions below:
  1. Change directory to the desired directory
    • cd C:\design\new_module
    • If the directory "new_module" does not exist type: mkdir C:\design\new_module, before changing directory.
  2. Type the following: perl latex_new.pl new_module_name.tex
  3. When the script is finished you will see the message: "The script has finished successfully! You can now use new_module_name.tex."
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How to use latex_bot.pl?
This utility is intended to make creating new LaTeX modules easier. This script will create a new LaTeX file called "new_module_name.tex" when you type the following command:
	!! latex_bot.pl new_module_name.tex
The script will generate the empty LaTeX template for you in the file "new_module_name.tex". Note: "new_module_name.tex" is the name of the new LaTeX file and can be anything you like. You can either use Cygwin or a DOS Command prompt to run this script. If you want to use a Cygwin or a DOS Command prompt, then see the instructions below:
  1. Change directory to the desired directory
    • cd C:\design\new_module
    • If the directory "new_module" does not exist type: mkdir C:\design\new_module, before changing directory.
  2. Type the following: perl latex_new.pl new_module_name.tex
  3. When the script is finished you will see the message: "The script has finished successfully! You can now use new_module_name.tex."
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Jeremy W. Webb
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