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I'm looking for a free Perl editor for Windows.  I'll be using my RedHat box at home to practice writing code but I'm looking for a good editor(you know, that highlight/colors things for keywords, brackets, etc) for windows to use at work.



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Nov. 15th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
I use ultra edit as my universal text editor for everything.

There are some perl IDEs, (www.activestate.com) but for some reason I just always gravitate back to text editors for perl. Java and other languages I'm lost without my IDE (eclipse for Java).

Unless there is a specific reason you want to learn perl, I would almost recommend php. It's more 'web friendly' for beginners and supports a lot of slick behavior with the root/basic modules.

With that said, perl RULES the planet. I can accomplish anything with perl, including the dishes (given a dishwasher that's connected to a network). The best thing about perl is that you usually just write the app framework code, as specific functionality has almost always been pre-done by someone else (www.cpan.org). I used to like to write everything myself from scratch because I thought that would make me cool. Now I realize that I don't have the time to write very specific functionality from scratch... at least not as robust of an implementation as other geeks out there.

Anyhow, perl rocks! I learned with the O'Reilly 'learning perl on Win32' book, then I bought the Perl Cookbook and Camel book from O'Reilly and that pretty much led me to my current state (as a pretty darn good perl developer, even if I haven't had a chance to do anything with perl lately).

Have fun!
Nov. 15th, 2005 08:56 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest UltraEdit as well but I use it on a Windows environment and don't know if it's available for Linux.
Nov. 15th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
Borrow a later "Learning Perl"
Look for "Learning Perl" in either third or fourth edition. We totally redid the book from the version used for the win32 diversion. Don't be dismayed by the lack of "win32" in the title: the book is now "portable".

Also, take a look at "Learning Perl Objects, References and Modules", the sequel in spirit and form to Learning Perl.
Nov. 15th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Borrow a later "Learning Perl"
Is that the "Llama book"? Because if it is, that's the one I have.
Nov. 15th, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Borrow a later "Learning Perl"
Yes, "Learning Perl" = llama, but make sure you're looking at the third or fourth edition, not the second edition or its bastard cousin, "Learning Perl for Win32 Systems".
Nov. 15th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Borrow a later "Learning Perl"
I just picked it up at B&N this weekend, so it should be recent. I'll double check when I get home though. Thanks!
Nov. 16th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Re: Borrow a later "Learning Perl"
I have 4th ed. Thanks.
Nov. 16th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: Borrow a later "Learning Perl"
Are you involved with O'Reilly or do you know (or are you) one of the contributors to this series of books?!). If so, hats off. I'm a HUGE O'Reilly fan, only WROX comes close and I still prefer O'Reilly. FWIW.

Makes sense about using a newer version. I mostly went though the code samples/excercises, most of which weren't windows specific. It good to know that there is an update.
Nov. 16th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
Re: Borrow a later "Learning Perl"
So, you don't bother following the "profile" link? Simpler to just post? :)

Yes, I'm Randal Schwartz, creator of the original Programming Perl (camel) book, and the concept that became the Perl Cookbook (Ram), but now specializing in the tutorial series (Llama, Alpaca, and the deprecated Gecko).
Nov. 15th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll try UltraEdit(and yes I was looking for Windows editors Lani).

Strange, I thought I posted this in geeks. I must have been sleepy last night. ;)

Anyway, I want to learn Perl because EVERYTHING uses Perl on linux and I'm trying to be a better geek. ;)
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