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Perl Editor for Windows

by Tek400 (Acolyte)
on Jan 12, 2001 at 00:49 UTC ( #51203=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Tek400 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I am sure there has been a question like this before, but here goes nothing. Does anyone have a good. I mean good editor for windows that will work well with PERL. And maybe some python too. But for now PERL will be fine. Thanks.

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Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by johannz (Hermit) on Jan 12, 2001 at 04:28 UTC

    I did not vote your node down, but I wanted to offer some suggestions as to why it was voted down and how to improve the quality of your nodes in the future.

    On of the first things that jumped out at me in reading your post was your statement 'I am sure there has been a question like this before, but here goes nothing' after which you proceeded to ask your question. This implies that you did not attempt to use the search feature that perl monks offers to see if you could find the answer. Many people will vote down your post just for the fact that you did not try to research it yourself.

    In fact, I tried 'perl editor' and 'windows perl editor' in the search box and got many( more than 20 each) links to articles discussing perl editors for windows. And in fact, by searching for 'best perl editor windows' I received a link to the node by that name. Even a search for just 'editor' had a relevant link in 4th place.

    Not to beat a dead horse any more, spending some time on perlmonks looking for the answer before posting will be a better use for your time. Your could have had some opinions within 2 minutes by searching yourself as compared to an hour or 2 waiting for people to comment on your node, plus your reputation would have survived it alot better. :-)

Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by Albannach (Monsignor) on Jan 12, 2001 at 00:56 UTC
Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by sutch (Curate) on Jan 12, 2001 at 00:58 UTC
Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by footpad (Abbot) on Jan 12, 2001 at 09:44 UTC
    These yung'uns today have it easy.

    Why, in my day, we had to write Perl scripts with COPY CON. And we didn't have no namby-pamby interpreter. No, we had to hand translate the source onto punch tape and feed it manually though the 15-1/2" morse code telegraph drive at 78RPM.

    EDLIN, now there was an editor. A lean, mean, coding machine.

      Ha! That's nothing...

      When I was a lad, it was all done with a screwdriver, some left over wire and a healthy respect for a charged valve.

        Ha! Thats nothing...

        When I were a lad we were still looking for someone who could build a difference engine! Ah, those were the days! Computers with cogs and still running faster than anything abused by win2k ;)

Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by john1987 (Acolyte) on Jan 27, 2001 at 22:12 UTC
    You ahould use a Perl programming editor that is easy to use and easy to control. I suggest these:

    DzSoft: One of the best Perl editors. Runs the script for you and checks the syntax.

    EditPlus: Not only does Perl, it can do Java and C/C++ too. Also allows you to do templated laungauge structures to make ur own "editor".

    I suggest you get both, its well worth it. :)

    One person can change the corse of history. One person can destroy the human race. That one person is out there, I intend to find him.
      But there are some flaws with using a Perl editor. One of the most obvious is that you can't use a one-liner (perl -e"print'Hey';") inside of any editor because it will give you those annoying Bareword errors. Another flaw is that it will not run if the script uses <STDIN>. It won't wait for you to type anything thus the even more annoying Use of uninitialized value error. So to bypass all of this mumbo-jumbo you have these handy.

      1. Your favorite editor that does not use STDIN but instead uses HTML forms to get input.
      2. Know how to use MS-DOS prompt so that way you can take advantage of the wonderful input system easily designed for Perl
      3. An online connection that can connect to PM anytime you want :)

      Wanna be perl hacker.
      Dave AKA damian
Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by Chady (Priest) on Jan 12, 2001 at 01:36 UTC
Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by Beatnik (Parson) on Jan 28, 2001 at 20:54 UTC
    When forced to program on a Windows box, I usually use Ultraedit. Normally I stick to Glimmer (for X-Windows) or Cooledit (the buitin editor for MC). Syntax coloring is important to me, MDI is a plus :)

    ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by Coyote (Deacon) on Jan 12, 2001 at 02:46 UTC
    I'm a big fan of UltraEdit ( It's worth the money. If you are looking for something for free you can always use vim or emacs on Win32. If you are looking for something more IDE-ish check out the beta of Komodo from ActiveState (

    ---- Coyote (aka: Rich Anderson)

Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by BigGuy (Friar) on Jan 12, 2001 at 03:13 UTC
    Personally I use Textpad While this doesn't have the built in interpreter like emacs(or was that vi) You can easily set Textpad up to run your scripts thru your Activeperl(or whatever binary you are using) There are numerous syntax files that you can plug in as well as clip libraries for common things. One other you might want to try is Activestate Komodo This is a pretty sweet IDE for Perl and Python, it is still in beta stages and crashes on me alot, but has promise.
    UPDATE Oops sorry for repeating you coyote, that will teach me to finish my posts right away instead of taking a break and coming back and hitting submit

    "One World, one Web, one Program" - Microsoft promotional ad
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      Ou! Ou! (ethusiastically sticking up the hand) me sir! me sir!

      I love Textpad. Macro's, block editing and modifiable syntax highlighting make it sweeeeeeet.
Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by Tek400 (Acolyte) on Jan 12, 2001 at 21:48 UTC
    With all due respect to the Monks I did two searches. I am sorry as I am on both knees in my cube right now(no my boss is not here). I will reasearch more from now on. Thanks for the help oh wise ones. Note to self: Do not ever start a question by saying "I know this has been ask before?" David or Tek400 which ever you like.


      I posted the information I did because I saw that your post was on worst nodes and no one had explained why they were downvoting your post. Without someone taking the time to explain some of the etiquette here, there is no way for you to learn.

      I've found that good search skills are critical to successful development. I think we are very lucky that PerlMonks has a search feature. We also have Super Search available when you think it's on the site but you can't find it. This is an exhaustive search engine that will find it if it exists on the site. I hope this information helps you in the future.

Re: Perl Editor for Windows
by Tek400 (Acolyte) on Jan 12, 2001 at 09:03 UTC
    Why did I get my name on the Bad Node's list? I was just asking questions about Perl. I wanted help. Do you discourage help? I would hope not. Thanks Fellow Monks!

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