Recommended IDE...?

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Sun Jan 19 23:00:11 GMT 2014

On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:39 AM, Peter Corlett <abuse at> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:18:14AM -0000, Andrew wrote:
>> Looking to try using an Integrated Development Environment.
> Why? What problem are you having that you expect an IDE to solve?

He wants to *try* it.

> The features I find most compelling in IDEs is background parsing to
> immediately spot syntax errors and be able to auto-complete or otherwise spot
> typoes or confusion about what type a method returns. However, this only really
> works with statically-typed compiled languages such as Java. Perl is very much
> the antithesis of Java and you don't really get these benefits.

Yes you do. It's 2014; parsing dynamic languages in IDEs is largely
solved. Any difficulty in finding such a thing for Perl is more a
reflection of Perl's status as a language in 2014 than any intrinsic
technical difficulty.

> They also provide various hot keys and shortcuts to perform test compiles, VCS
> integration and whatnot, but that's really only of marginal benefit.

Says you. Maybe the OP would like to *try* it and not have someone
second guess their own motivations & preferences? Maybe they've read
something like and thought
wouldn't they like that for perl?

These "oh but emacs/vi/nano is great!" responses are really irrelevant.


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