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Perl5 plugin for IntelliJ IDEA 2017.1.2 released. Perl 5.26 support and more

by hurricup (Pilgrim)
on Jun 07, 2017 at 07:52 UTC ( #1192250=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


  • Plugin now uses debugger module v2017.1x
  • Better comments parsing in char classes and \Q...\E quotes in regexps
  • Better POSIX chars classes parsing
  • Perl 5.26 syntax support:
    • /xx regexp modifier
    • Lexing and parsing for lexical subs. NB: for now there is no proper resolving for them. Works as usual subs. Please, see #1439
    • Indentable here-docs
    • References declarations
    • ^CAPTURE and ^CAPTURE_ALL variables
    • Perl settings now allows You to choose target Perl version. In case 5.26 is selected, resolve won't check current directory while resolving packages.


  • Lexing of short bare here-doc openers. By tonegz
  • Lexing of $( and $) inside the match part of regexp. #1435
  • Indentation of here-docs with selection and tab
  • Completion of packages in current directory (prior to 5.26)


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Re: Perl5 plugin for IntelliJ IDEA 2017.1.2 released. Perl 5.26 support and more
by stevieb (Abbot) on Jun 07, 2017 at 12:47 UTC

    Great work hurricup, thank you!

    This is an incredible piece of software that I've been using for quite a long time now.

      Glad to hear!!!

        Yeah. At $work I use PyCharm, and back a couple years ago I went out seeking a way to code my personal Perl work with IDEA and found this plugin. I've been using it ever since. I've also recently begun using CLion for C/C++ development, which conveniently even works directly with my Arduino boards.

        Every language I code in has the same IDE UI with cross-compatible config data and that's hugely convenient.

        fwiw, I use your plugin with your Devel::Camelcadedb Perl debugger distribution and that works great as well.

Re: Perl5 plugin for IntelliJ IDEA 2017.1.2 released. Perl 5.26 support and more
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 07, 2017 at 18:28 UTC
    That's great, but... what does it do? I'm guessing "IntelliJ" is a Java IDE that I would have to pay a lot of money for. And your plugin... lets me write my Perl code in this IDE? Maybe it has step-and-trace debugging capabilities? I don't know. Do you have a feature list somewhere?

        For clarity... IntelliJ IDEA which is what this plugin is geared toward is completely free, as is their PyCharm offering specific to Python development, but this plugin works there as well (I have a devel VM where I have a Perl/Python mix). It also works in CLion which is their C/C++ IDE. That one is not free. All of their IDEs are essentially the same look and feel wise, and all of them have configurations that can be moved around between them.

        In saying that CLion isn't 'free', that's kind of a misnomer; I in fact have a "free" license for all of their software, thanks to their Open Source licensing program. Essentially, you send them a request to use their software, and provide evidence of your Open Source work as justification for this yearly renewable license.

        At work, we use the fully licensed version of PyCharm. For my Open Source work, I used the free IDEA for Perl. I then went on a hunt for an IDE for C that would hook into the Arduino platform and found CLion. Looking around for a "free" IDE that would suit my needs, I came across this particular licensing opportunity. In my request, I stated that I only needed that IDE, but the license came with everything they have to offer, and because of a software management platform they have, all aspects are installable and upgradeable through a single interface.

        Between this answer and the one I'm replying, that should provide everything anonymonk requested.

        Oh, almost forgot. In this thread above, I mentioned Devel::Camelcadedb, which provides full Perl debugging capabilities within the IDE.

        Combine this configuration with the Vim plugin, and you've got a powerhouse of a Perl development environment.

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