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Re: Perl IDEs and Editors update

by Mr. Muskrat (Canon)
on Aug 22, 2002 at 21:02 UTC ( #192175=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl IDEs and Editors update

I would leave editors out all together... There are just too many of them! For Windows, you have Notepad, EditPad, MetaPad to just name a few! For Linux, you've got emacs, vi, vim, jed, joe, etc, etc, ad nauseum!

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Re: Re: Perl IDEs and Editors update
by trs80 (Priest) on Aug 22, 2002 at 22:04 UTC
    My feeling is that several editors get over looked because they don't have a cool IDE in their title, while they perform many of the same functions. IDE is also a term that is up for debate, Komodo is billed as an IDE, but it doesn't provide access to any revision control systems, I don't consider that a full featured IDE, I still use it, but I have to rely on outside utilities to work with CVS.

    Some editors are the only option in some cases. If a person knows which programs are available on different platforms it might allow them get a small change done without having to go back to their "normal" environment. I have dealt with this first hand. I had a project that stipulated I couldn't install any editors* on the system and because of that I had to use WordPad to write the application.

    I have also watched people that couldn't fix a problem on site because they were too dependent on the editors features to know how to do it the "old fashion" way.

    So I recommend that people become comfortable with command line and complete GUI IDEs on multiple platforms so they don't get stuck without an editor, advice I need to follow better since I still get bitten from time to time.

    * This was a major corporation with a very well maintained network and I was working on a workstation and not a server at the time. I didn't have an option because I was inside of their secure facility, there wasn't anyway to do the testing on my own machine because I wasn't allowed to connect to their network with outside equipment. They have since modified the rules and brought in a dedicated Linux box to host the application (completely Perl based), on which I primarily use SciTE to edit. For ones own sanity I don't recommend prolonged coding in WordPad.

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