in reply to Perl Programming Tools - (who, what, where, when, and why)

I write mine on a tiny windows laptop and ftp them to a huge server over a cable modem. So I'm editing with a windows text-processor. For a long time I used editpad and now I use editplus. I ftp with webdrive which gives me the illusion that all that amazing space on the server is on my dainty laptop - though editplus has pretty good ftp too. I work in different places, and wherever I am I use whatever they've got there. Why? Because for reasons of history, and because it's easier, I am on the thin client / fat server model, so I've never had occasion to learn the nix editors - though I could get them via SSH now I suppose - but then, also I work on different computers which always have a text editor and some kind of ftp, but not always SSH. And I like the colours I get with editplus.

George Sherston
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Re: Re: Perl Programming Tools - (who, what, where, when, and why)
by thunders (Priest) on Oct 11, 2002 at 16:32 UTC

    I am a big fan of editplus, it loads up instantly. has the about the best approch for multidocument editing, with its tab strip. It's syntax highlighting is extensible, and there are syntax files for every launguage i've ever needed to code in. You can set up macros(like to run perl code in a cmd console, or compile and execute the current java file), preview HTML (and HTML templates).

    In my opinion though, its best feature is the FTP menu, i never need to use another application for ftp when i use this, cause you can open and save to a list of FTP sites you define, automatically.

    For some code however, i prefer gvim for windows, especially for large files with complex regexes, POD, here docs. Vim's syntax highlighting is second to none.

    On unix i use gvim or vi.

      I've found the editplus ftp very good, certainly quick and convenient. But I have sometimes had cause to bless the automatic mirroring of all my uploads which webdrive does without my asking...

      George Sherston
Re: Re: Perl Programming Tools - (who, what, where, when, and why)
by hackmare (Pilgrim) on Oct 11, 2002 at 15:25 UTC

    I also use editplus, also on a tiny laptop (overloaded IBM TP 240) when working on windows (and sometimes on KDE as it installs seamlessly with wine). On windows, I use leechftp for the ftp work (It's multithreaded so the loads go fast).

    One thing I really like is the command-line user tools that you can add, so I am able to run perl -c, perl, make, make install, and make dist from the IDE.

    Caution: on wine the tools dont work and there are some real performance issues with some of the functionality.

    I also use kdevelop on linux which is fairly pretty.

    Of course, I can't get around vi when talking to machines in secure zones or DMZs. But I *wish* vi found its way out of the 70s. The versions I'm forced to use using really seem to be in the deep functional stone age.