[sf-perl] [poll] What Perl IDE do you use?

Dan Dascalescu ddascalescu at gmail.com
Sun Apr 17 16:36:43 PDT 2011

The reasons I prefer a *real* IDE vs.a text editor + perl -d include:

* live syntax highlight and underlining of errors as I type them

* ability to step through the code in the editor window with such
syntax highlight. Can you do that in vi(m) or emacs?
http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/DebuggingWithEmacs suggests you can't.

* ability to easily switch among multiple code editor tabs with
different files that make up the project

* when debugging, if I figure out the cause of the issue is somewhere
else in the code (e.g. in the caller sub), I can scroll the code
window there and make the change. In perl -d, I only have a read-only,
non-syntax-highlighted peephole vision of a few lines around the
currently executing one.

* display of watched variables as I step through the code

I understand that people stick with ancient editors due to the
enormous investment in learning and configuring them. I also do that -
I've been using the same two-pane file manager for over 15 years.

But let's consider someone new to Perl, without prior investment. Are
there objective reasons why they should *not* use a *real* IDE (Padre,
Eclipse+EPIC, Komodo IDE)?


On Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 13:37, Quinn Weaver <quinn at fairpath.com> wrote:
> 2011/4/15 Gabor Szabo <szabgab at gmail.com>:
> > […]
> > See the poll result from October 2009:   http://perlide.org/poll200910/
> > and the TPF survey from 2010:
> > http://survey.perlfoundation.org/Data-PerlSurvey-2010/R/11_editor_info/index.html

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