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Komodo Edit 4.0 is free. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that a full-blown version of Komodo would have but it's quite nice.

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Re^4: IDE for perl
by GrandFather (Saint) on Mar 08, 2007 at 21:15 UTC

    Komodo Edit is not an IDE. There are plenty of free editors around, but very few nice free IDEs that integrate well with Perl. The advantage to a beginner of an IDE (as opposed to a nice editor) is almost all in the integrated debugging - mouse over tool tips for variable contents for example. That sort of stuff can really facilitate understanding of things like references and nested data structures (AOA, AOH, HOA, ...).

    DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel

      It's not a full-blown IDE but given it's features set I think it fits into the IDE category. It gives you syntax checking and highlighting (you need an addon to do that in vim and perhaps emacs). You can run your code using a macro. It has autocompletion, code folding, project management, and plugin capable (so you can extend the built in functionality if you want).

      As for the debugging stuff, most people that are just starting out with Perl don't use those features anyway. (And given enough tuits you can add that as a plugin, not that I'd want to do so.)

      Update: Really the only things I see that keep it from being a full-blown IDE is debugging and interactive shells.

        My hypothesis is that debugger integration is the key element that makes an IDE valuable to a beginner. See my previous nodes in this thread.

        DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel