[sf-perl] slides on the perlnow.el lightning talk (Joe Brenner)

Fred Moyer fred at redhotpenguin.com
Wed Oct 7 14:59:59 PDT 2009

On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 1:01 PM, David Ljung Madison <pm.org at daveola.com> wrote:
>> ..if you then issue the perlnow "run" command from..
> perlnow sounds fantastic, but I am a vim geek not an emacs geek.

For what it is worth, I am both a vim geek and an emacs geek.  I use
perlnow on emacs, and perl-support on vim.

I've found that vim is great for jumping in and out of files, but the
repetitive keystrokes give me rsi when used for extended periods.
Emacs takes a bit longer to startup, but is more useful to me if I
have to spend more than 5-15 minutes in a file.

They are really two different tools when you get to know them, and
depending on your personal abilities and needs, can serve equally well
for different tasks.  I don't see either one as 'better', they are
simply 'different', and have different strengths and weaknesses.

> While hoping to avoid a religious war, and while recognizing
> that perlnow offers *much* more than just an ability to test
> run your scripts, I thought it might be useful to point out
> a simple utility that I use in it's place.  Whenever I talk
> to programmers I'm surprised they don't do they same thing,
> and after they hear about it, so are they.
> I have a script that watches for file changes and upon
> seeing them runs a command (such as compile or execute
> the scripts, etc..).
> I keep a window open running this script and then as many editor
> windows as I need to edit the source.  I simply write the file,
> look at the other window and see the results.  Best development
> tool I have.  You can write your own, or you're welcome to steal mine:
>  http://MarginalHacks.com/#every_change
> Thanks to Joe for bringing up the topic of script development
> and his neat emacs environment.
> Dave
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