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the best perl editor/ide on win32?

by d_i_r_t_y (Monk)
on Nov 23, 2000 at 04:16 UTC ( #43057=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

d_i_r_t_y has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

can some enlightened win32 perl haxor inform me as to the best editor/ide on win32 for perl? many people seem to suggest codemagic, but the url doesn't seem to be there anymore.


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Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by ybiC (Prior) on Nov 23, 2000 at 09:20 UTC
Re (tilly) 1: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by tilly (Archbishop) on Nov 23, 2000 at 05:02 UTC
    I am amazed that nobody has mentioned neophyte in this thread yet...

    Please follow the link. When you get there the relevance hopefully will be obvious. And in answer to a chatter, no, neophyte is not a text editor... :-)

      Actually I sometimes do edit texts, so strictly speaking I would be a text editor. Anyway, my homenode is not fully relevant to this seekers question - I have only done a list without preferences. I would like to add preferences, but I cannot: those preferences are highly individual.
      Let me add a note of warning:
      The editors that were added by users are not necessarily their choice when it comes to using them. My fellow Monks just wanted to complete a collection of editors.


Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by curtisb (Monk) on Nov 23, 2000 at 04:22 UTC
    I have used Perlbuilder on a Win32 System. I the url is PerlBuilder is pretty funtional, I used it for class. But I prefer the hard route, coding in a text editor. However, I hope that I have helped.
    curtisb -- "Trying to help"
      Textpad is the best... syntax highlighting, line numbering, the ability to add/create your own add-in tools, macros, workspaces... tons of stuff.

      For instance, my tools menu in Textpad has "Perl - Check syntax", "Perl - Run in Console", and "Perl - Capture output", all of which act on the currently open file. I've also written my own "plug-ins" for Textpad in Perl, such as Dictionary/Thesaurus lookups, and the ability to send someone the open document simply by entering an e-mail address.

      Plus, it's very fast, and only $27.

      Alan "Hot Pastrami" Bellows
      Everyone has their own way of doing things. I gave my option on what I like and I get down voted! That is screwed up! The question was about a perl editor on a Win 32 system. Perlbuildier is a compilor along with a text editor. So why did I get voted down on giving my option and trying to help another monk?
Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by zzspectrez (Hermit) on Nov 23, 2000 at 04:37 UTC

    Personally, I really like UltraEdit-32. I tried perlbuilder and didnt care for it. My evaluation period is about up on UltraEdit-32 and I'm probably going to pay to register it. It's only $30.00. You should try it and see if you like it.

    Another editor that I have used on windows is the GNU Emacs for windows 95/98/2000/NT. If you do any work on unix/linux systems its nice to have the consistent interface. You can go here for the faq for the windows port.

    Thats my 2 cents

Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by t0mas (Priest) on Nov 23, 2000 at 14:41 UTC
      Religious wars may be monks' business, but clerics are not allowed to use edged weapons. So be blunt if need be, but no cutting remarks!
Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by dws (Chancellor) on Nov 23, 2000 at 04:42 UTC
    I've used UltraEdit for 3 years now, and am quite satisified. Though not a Perl IDE per se, it does rudimentary syntax coloring, and can dump script output into either a dedicated output windows or a new editor window. It has one user-configurable menu, which I set up to do "perl -cw", "perl", and "perl (new window)". When you double-click on compiler error messages, UltraEdit will open files as needed. It also has a one-button "display this file in a browser" feature, for HTML development.

    A bargain at $30.

Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by alftheo (Scribe) on Nov 23, 2000 at 12:34 UTC
    I use emacs:
    • syntax highlighting
    • autoindent according to syntax
    • integrated debugger
    • Shell window to run scripts in
    • if you don't want to, you *never* have to use the mouse
    • cross-platform
    • support for almost all languages
    • free
    I know it's a bit of a pain to learn the keys, but I think its worth it.

    Activestate is also working for a MS Development Studio plug-in, which will let you go the whole windows hog.

    And finally, a number of people here use Visual SlickEdit, which is very nice.

        XEmacs is probably my favourite, although a little large. I've recently tried ActiveState's Komodo but it's very slow on my 500MHz Pentium.

        -- Kevin O'Rourke
      The syntax hilighting does not seem to work on an NT box, or am I just missing something?

      Roy Alan

Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by curtisb (Monk) on Nov 23, 2000 at 16:19 UTC
    Well, it looks like everyone has their own opinion on what type of editor a person should use. However, just remember that the remarks made are just OPINIONS. So, everyone should take that into conceration before they start voting anyone down. I agree with tilly about being blunt, but not with sharp words. Everyone in this world is entitled to their own optinion and a fellow monk should not be voted down because of his/her opinion.

    curtisb -- "Making sence of an injustice"
Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by royalanjr (Chaplain) on Nov 24, 2000 at 23:19 UTC
    I have used Note Tab Pro quite a bit, and I like it a lot.
    Since I have to switch back and forth between NT and a real OS (linux) *grin* I have also installed emacs on my NT box.

    Roy Alan

      I use editplus available for a free trial version at for the full version it's something like 30 shells, but it has syntax editors for perl, c/c++, html, and java. Other syntax can be imported but I stick to the basic 4 languages. check it out, it's the best thing since sliced notepad in my book.
Re: the best perl editor/ide on win32?
by rpc (Monk) on Nov 23, 2000 at 04:44 UTC
    In *(nix|bsd), I use the vi clone elvis. It supports win32 as well, it's called winelvis.
    You can find it here.

    The perl syntax highlighting is excellent, and you can create custom gui buttons that run perl for you ;)
dos edit
by Rydor (Scribe) on Nov 23, 2000 at 23:47 UTC
    you just can't beat how cool programming looks with the blue background and white text. w00T!


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