I think this is an important discussion for us to have. The unix-ish way that most Perl developers work is quite different to the way most IDE dwelling Java/MS developers work.
I completely agree. I do more development in Java than Perl these days and I've had a hard time adjusting to the idea of maintaining a copy of the entire development environment - including an application server - on my PC. I recently switched jobs and the standard Java IDE here is Rational Application Developer (based on Eclipse), which weighs in at over 4 GB with the embedded Websphere server (Yes, 4 GB!). It still blows my mind that Eclipse doesn't have a way to just open and save a file by FTP.