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Re: Perl Programming Tools - (who, what, where, when, and why)

by helgi (Hermit)
on Oct 11, 2002 at 13:54 UTC ( #204516=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Perl Programming Tools - (who, what, where, when, and why)

I use emacs on Linux, which is pretty much OK. Many of our machines (about 300) don't have the proper emacs setup and if I have to use those in a hurry, I'll use pico, because I can't really stomach vi. Big handicap, yes I know.

Most of the time however, I code on Win2000 using Perl Builder from SolutionSoft. I grew up on Turbo Pascal, so I kinda like an IDE, and I like a lot of PerlBuilder's features, such as the ability to step through code, set watches, study the contents of variable by waving the mouse over them and so on. It's nice.

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Re: Re: Perl Programming Tools - (who, what, where, when, and why)
by signal9 (Pilgrim) on Oct 11, 2002 at 14:42 UTC
    I, too, was once a devout GNUEmacs user. I have only been coding Perl professionally for the last 6 months, but w/ in the first two months, Emacs was quickly jetisoned for vim. I have also begun to use syntax highlighting, which I fear has made me lazy. I can only imagine what an IDE would do to my discipline. The features available from some of these products sound terribly convenient, but I would be cautious. One wouldn't want to lose one's edge over an IDE.
      If anything, an IDE helps discipline. Of course it has syntax highlighting, but then so does emacs. I can't imagine why anyone would want to do serious programming without it. I'm not into hair shirts.

      For the life of me I can't imagine why you think one would "lose one's edge over an IDE". Maybe with one of the super IDE's like IntelliJ or Delphi that write most of the code for you and you just sort of point and click, but Perlbuilder at least is not like that. You have to type everything in yourself.

      PS I just downloaded an evaluation copy of Perlbuilder 2. I must have it, NOW! It fixes all the minor annoyances I used to have with version 1.

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      Helgi Briem
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        like IntelliJ or Delphi that write most of the code for you and you just sort of point and click

        I'm not sure what version of Delphi you've used, but while Delphi does have wizards and things, it certainly doesn't write "most" of the code for you. :-) It provides a nice framework and takes away some of the tedious GUI coding, but there is still plenty for a programmer to do.

        mike

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