in reply to Multi-line comments in perl code?
The first thing to realize is that you don't have to type a hash at the start of every line. (You used the word "star", but a star is this symbol: "*". A "hash" or a "pound sign" is this symbol: "#". Just so you know... :-) )
Any decent editor (and quite a few bad ones) will let you comment a block without really thinking about it. The trick is, finding an editor that you're used to. I don't really recommend learning vi (it's horrible to learn), but once you know it, things work almost without any concious effort.
For example, using vi, I do this, pretty much by reflex:
- type "ma" (mark current line as "a")
- hit "i" for insert mode, then type my comment
- hit "ESC" (to exit insert mode)
- type "mb" (to mark the new line (the end of the comment) as "b")
- type ":'a,'bs/^/#/" (from line a to line b, match at the start of line, and substitute in a hash )
- type ":'a,'b>" (optional: indent one level, add more > symbols to indent more)
You can do pretty much the same thing in Emacs, or any other editor you like.
Good luck! :-)