FAQ 3.10 Is there an IDE or Windows Perl Editor?

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3.10: Is there an IDE or Windows Perl Editor?

    Perl programs are just plain text, so any editor will do.

    If you're on Unix, you already have an IDE--Unix itself. The UNIX
    philosophy is the philosophy of several small tools that each do one
    thing and do it well. It's like a carpenter's toolbox.

    If you want an IDE, check the following (in alphabetical order, not
    order of preference):

        The Eclipse Perl Integration Project integrates Perl
        editing/debugging with Eclipse.

        The website for the project is http://e-p-i-c.sf.net /

        ActiveState's cross-platform (as of October 2004, that's Windows,
        Linux, and Solaris), multi-language IDE has Perl support, including
        a regular expression debugger and remote debugging (
        http://www.ActiveState.com/Products/Komodo/ ).

    Open Perl IDE
        ( http://open-perl-ide.sourceforge.net/ ) Open Perl IDE is an
        integrated development environment for writing and debugging Perl
        scripts with ActiveState's ActivePerl distribution under Windows

        ( http://www.optiperl.com/ ) is a Windows IDE with simulated CGI
        environment, including debugger and syntax highlighting editor.

        ( http://www.solutionsoft.com/perl.htm ) is an integrated
        development environment for Windows that supports Perl development.

        ( http://helpconsulting.net/visiperl/ ) From Help Consulting, for

    Visual Perl
        ( http://www.activestate.com/Products/Visual_Perl/ ) Visual Perl is
        a Visual Studio.NET plug-in from ActiveState.

    For editors: if you're on Unix you probably have vi or a vi clone
    already, and possibly an emacs too, so you may not need to download
    anything. In any emacs the cperl-mode (M-x cperl-mode) gives you perhaps
    the best available Perl editing mode in any editor.

    If you are using Windows, you can use any editor that lets you work with
    plain text, such as NotePad or WordPad. Word processors, such as
    Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, typically do not work since they insert
    all sorts of behind-the-scenes information, although some allow you to
    save files as "Text Only". You can also download text editors designed
    specifically for programming, such as Textpad ( http://www.textpad.com /
    ) and UltraEdit ( http://www.ultraedit.com/ ), among others.

    If you are using MacOS, the same concerns apply. MacPerl (for Classic
    environments) comes with a simple editor. Popular external editors are
    BBEdit ( http://www.bbedit.com/ ) or Alpha (
    http://www.his.com/~jguyer/Alpha/Alpha8.html ). MacOS X users can use
    Unix editors as well.

    GNU Emacs

        http://www.microemacs.de /


    Jed http://space.mit.edu/~davis/jed /

    or a vi clone such as

        ftp://ftp.cs.pdx.edu/pub/elvis/ http://www.fh-wedel.de/elvis /


    Vim http://www.vim.org /

    For vi lovers in general, Windows or elsewhere:


    nvi ( http://www.bostic.com/vi/ , available from CPAN in src/misc/) is
    yet another vi clone, unfortunately not available for Windows, but in
    UNIX platforms you might be interested in trying it out, firstly because
    strictly speaking it is not a vi clone, it is the real vi, or the new
    incarnation of it, and secondly because you can embed Perl inside it to
    use Perl as the scripting language. nvi is not alone in this, though: at
    least also vim and vile offer an embedded Perl.

    The following are Win32 multilanguage editor/IDESs that support Perl:

        http://www.borland.com/codewright /

        http://www.MultiEdit.com /

        http://www.slickedit.com /

    There is also a toyedit Text widget based editor written in Perl that is
    distributed with the Tk module on CPAN. The ptkdb (
    http://world.std.com/~aep/ptkdb/ ) is a Perl/tk based debugger that acts
    as a development environment of sorts. Perl Composer (
    http://perlcomposer.sourceforge.net/ ) is an IDE for Perl/Tk GUI

    In addition to an editor/IDE you might be interested in a more powerful
    shell environment for Win32. Your options include

        from the Cygwin package ( http://sources.redhat.com/cygwin/ )

    Ksh from the MKS Toolkit ( http://www.mks.com/ ), or the Bourne shell of
        the U/WIN environment ( http://www.research.att.com/sw/tools/uwin/ )

        ftp://ftp.astron.com/pub/tcsh/ , see also
        http://www.primate.wisc.edu/software/csh-tcsh-book /

    Zsh ftp://ftp.blarg.net/users/amol/zsh/ , see also http://www.zsh.org /

    MKS and U/WIN are commercial (U/WIN is free for educational and research
    purposes), Cygwin is covered by the GNU Public License (but that
    shouldn't matter for Perl use). The Cygwin, MKS, and U/WIN all contain
    (in addition to the shells) a comprehensive set of standard UNIX toolkit

    If you're transferring text files between Unix and Windows using FTP be
    sure to transfer them in ASCII mode so the ends of lines are
    appropriately converted.

    On Mac OS the MacPerl Application comes with a simple 32k text editor
    that behaves like a rudimentary IDE. In contrast to the MacPerl
    Application the MPW Perl tool can make use of the MPW Shell itself as an
    editor (with no 32k limit).

        is a full Perl development enivornment with full debugger support (
        http://www.latenightsw.com ).

        is an editor, written and extensible in Tcl, that nonetheless has
        built in support for several popular markup and programming
        languages including Perl and HTML (
        http://www.his.com/~jguyer/Alpha/Alpha8.html ).

    BBEdit and BBEdit Lite
        are text editors for Mac OS that have a Perl sensitivity mode (
        http://web.barebones.com/ ).

    Pepper and Pe are programming language sensitive text editors for Mac OS
    X and BeOS respectively ( http://www.hekkelman.com/ ).


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Re: FAQ 3.10 Is there an IDE or Windows Perl Editor?

.... my suggestion:

Add the editor "SciTE" (http://www.scintilla.org/SciTE.html ) to the list. It
supports syntax highlighting and code folding. Perl and many other languages
are supported.

Just my two cents,


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