Ratcliffe, Jeffrey (Peters) wrote:

Sorry for this being slightly off-topic, but:

Are any of you guys using an IDE?

For want of anything better, I am using nedit, which looks foul on Ubuntu Dapper, but is a miles better 
editor than gedit.

I tried out Eclipse + EPIC, but the editor was nowhere near as nice as nedit and I could only get Perl syntax 
highlighting if the file was .pl.

And I haven't found anything else of note.

Apart from xemacs, which I understand has some nice Perl features, but I loath the interface almost as much 
as vi.

What killer Perl IDE have I missed?


I've tried out various incarnations of Eclipse and EPIC. It's nowhere near being ready yet, but looks promising.

The only thing I've found that doesn't absolutely bite is ActiveState's Komodo. A license to do open-source only work is about $25, which really is quite reasonable. They're constantly updating it, and my license which I bought quite some time ago indeed is still good for the latest download. It's also a very nice product - good debugging, object inspection, etc. I'd be lost without it to be honest. A couple of other points:

- A single license for a single developer ( can be installed on multiple PCs )
- One license covers Linux, Windows & OS-X versions
- Decent tech support in forums
- One IDE for many, many languages ( for me, Perl, PHP, XML, HTML )

My main complaint is that it's quite slow. It uses Mozilla's XUL ( in combination with Gtk2 ) for the GUI, and the result is ... pretty damned slow, but usable.

Sorry about the ActiveState marketing, but it really is a good product. I am very interested in hearing about alternatives though - in particular if someone has EPIC working somewhat better than I do.


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