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3:29 pm on Jun 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have been reading another thread about books for Perl beginners - and will be off to PC World this afternoon. But right now, I just want to edit already existing scripts. Is there a reasonably cheap Perl editor that any one can recommend? I was wondering about something like Perl Editor by DzSoft.
3:38 pm on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I always use an command line, Wordstar style text editor. Works fine for me.

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9:33 pm on June 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, Matt. I'll look into that. Currently I am editing in Notepad, as anything else seems to throw in or remove code characters. I was wondering whether there was something that would syntax check - a bit like Dreamweaver does HTML (although I do a final check with W3C if I am in any doubt, it's nice to have a fast on-line check).
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I use EditPlus (at the obvious url). It has the ability to run a program using your current file as input. So I have a control key that runs the file through "perl -c" (syntax check). The output goes into a separate window, and the editor is smart enough to go to the correct line if you click on an error. It also does Perl syntax highlighting.
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6:49 am on June 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Editors/IDEs don't hold the same place in the Perl culture as they do with other languages. If you're just starting out, best to stick with something simple. A lot of folks like Textpad, but even Wordpad will do the trick on Windows.

After you're comfortable with Perl, check out Emacs for windows. :-)

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10:56 am on June 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Another vote for EditPlus here, works brill.
Also use it for HTML editing.
6:37 am on June 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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DzSoft Perl Editor is the best choice imho.
1:47 am on June 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Ive been using Crimson Editor, wich has tons of features Ive never dreamed of, like replacing on multiple files at once, regular expression pattern match and replace and etc. I dont use it, but I know they also have color marking for specific languages, including Perl. And, of course, its freeware.

PS: I know I sounded like an ad! But Im really enthusiast of it! ...lghs

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5:11 pm on June 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I prefer eclipse with the Perl plugin. Simple enough to get started right away. Powerful enough to keep you using it when your needs become more advanced. A free editor that runs on any platform with syntax highlighting, how can you go wrong? Also has a ton of other plugins. Heck, you can use it to restart your Apache or MySQL server!
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I use TextPad. You can download a copy of it. It's basically an HTML editor. I like it because it can handle enormous files. I use it to read my log files. It's perfect for that.

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4:23 pm on June 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A lot of editors can deal with Perl these days, to a greater or lesser degree. If you're looking to save time then a dedicated Perl IDE is better, IMHO.

Try searching for:

Perl Express
Open Perl
Perl Edit

Also, might wanna have a look at Tavrida which is interesting, and OptiPerl (which I won't buy 'cos their trial version is so restrictive it barely functions - Gimme 30 days not this anal retentive piece of registry bloat - but I'll concede it does look useful).

As usual, different editors, different strengths, meaning own them all to cover your bases!

12:34 am on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've heard good things about Affrus for OS X. There's also Komodo.
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This recent article on perl.com about parsing Perl includes a discussion on the lack of really smart Perl editors. The author has written a module to sort of parse perl, specifically to enable construction of tools like an intelligent editor. The comments mention a number of Perl editors that currently exist.

[perl.com...]

 

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