|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Re^3: What's the best Perl IDE?by roboticus (Chancellor)
|on Sep 16, 2011 at 10:38 UTC||Need Help??|
I can't speak for bruceb3, but what I do is this: I have a set of text consoles (bash) open. The top-left one is where I display documentation (man, perldoc), the upper-right one is where I have an editor open (vim), and the bottom screen is the compile/run screen. It's much like an integrated GUI, but I have the flexibility of window placement and tools in each window. The advantage is that I can do the same thing on nearly every system I use, irrespective of the OS running on it. While an integrated GUI may have "smart" interactions between the screens which you may miss, I normally find most of the "helpful automations" in them more a distraction/hindrance than a help.
Then I just choose the window I want, use the up-arrow to choose the command I want and press Enter. Once you're set up with a little history, then you can cycle through your windows pretty quickly and get through projects quickly.
I normally have the other monitor set up with a similar set of windows with a home-grown database viewer and alternate windows for less-common operations.
Update: I use vim as my editor in the editor window, so I often write little perl scripts to edit the currently-selected block of text (such as filling out column names with formatting in SQL, adding code snippets, reformatting, etc.) without leaving the editor. It doesn't give you all the features that IDE users have, but considering that you write your own scriptlets, you get what you *want*. For example, in my DB query tool, I've added row and column filters, column and table nicknames, variable substitution, etc., so I can do some fairly complex queries with very little typing.
When your only tool is a hammer, all problems look like your thumb.