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DB Scripts Perl-based Integrity Checkers Perl HTML processors and convertors HTTP Logs Processing Scripts

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VIM has (limited) support of Perl. See Softpanorama VI Editor Links

***** DzSoft Perl Editor 3.1 Very decent shareware editor with elements of Integrated environment. Contains built-in beautifier ! by Sergey Dzyubenko, Alexander Dzyubenko, DzSoft Ltd.

Perl Scripting Tool PRO Perl Made Easy Win32 editor.

NOTE: This is beta software. If you are not entirely comfortable using beta software, DO NOT install this version on your PC. We strongly recommend that BEFORE you install this software, you  make a backup copy of your existing PST folder and put that copy in a separate area.  Do not be alarmed if there is a big jump in beta build numbers; gaps exists because we create frequent internal builds. This is one of a series of beta releases of Perl Scripting Tool 2.00. As with any beta software, some features may not be fully implemented. If you find any problems with this software, please send us a bug report to: [email protected] .

Perl Editors

ped A text editor with an emacs/vi-like user interface written in perl.[July 17, 1999]
Jul 08th 1999, 21:24 stable: none - devel: 0.1.2 license: Artistic

TkFileman Home Page


    This is an implementation of my Tk NotePad only it is done in Perl::Tk. The implementation is progressing quite fast and most of the features have been implemented. Currently the only features that have not been implemented are some keystroke bindings.
    Unfortunately there are a few bugs and is considered a beta release now, so please do not complain about bugs> I will welcome bug fixes. It originaly started out as a line by line conversion, but as I learn more about perl I am starting to optimize as well but this is a low priority.
   Some features that have been added in addition to what is in my original TkNotePad are the New Window Menu item, as well as a line and column indicator to tell the position of the cursor, and a goto line. I have also added an Options menu for changing a few things like the fonts. Many more features are planned. screenshot

Perl Code Editor
from PerlVision
Free After Wordpad, this was my first Perl editor.  Syntax highlighting and line numbering is definitely a step up.
Favorite feature: line numbering.
Submitted by: Bompa
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Open Perl IDE
by Jürgen Güntherodt
Free A big step up, yet still light on your cpu.  This is the one I use now because it's free and runs nicely even on my 122Mhz laptop.
Favorite feature:  A "run" button that runs the script and shows errors in a box at the bottom of the screen, this saves a bunch of testing time.  
Submitted by: Bompa
IDM Computer Solutions, Inc
$35 Full featured, tons of options, settings, and features.
Favorite feature:  being able to "'comment out" whatever code I highlight with just one click, (and the reverse), great for troubleshooting.  I loved it and might still cough up the 35 bucks.
Submitted by: Bompa
Xarka Software
$59 Full featured, tons of options, settings, and features, but more money than I want to spend at this time.
Submitted by: Bompa
Perl Builder 2.0
from Solutionsoft
$149 Submit a review.
from Softpile
$59 Submit a review.
from ActiveState
$295 Submit a review.
DzSoft Perl Editor
by DzSoft
$59 Like OptiPerl, full featured, tons of options, settings, and features, but more money than I want to spend at this time.
Submitted by: Bompa
by ES Computing
$30 Submit a review.

Free source project.  
Project Admin:Neil Hodgson
Free Syntax highlighting for many languages, output pane, C-like macros (via FilerX), quick, small and mighty :-)
Submitted by: Jenda
Bram Moolenaar
Free Vi and emacs, the great unix editor debate. Personally I like vim, it's quick, works great over slow links and has more features than you can shake a stick at. Once you've grokked enough of the commands to make this little baby run you'll never want to go back. mouse? mouse? i don't want no steeenking mouse. You windows types can even join in the fun too.
Submitted by: Daniel Gardner


[Oct. 07, 2000] A special module IPC-Run by Barrie Slaymaker([email protected]). After a user's spun up on bash/ksh, it provides useful piping constructs, subprocesses, and either expect-like or event loop oriented I/O capabilities. Perl Reference/Networking - You want to find the IP address of a host or turn an IP address into a name. Recipe of the Day

[Feb 20, 2000] pftp pFtp is a ftp client written in perl. It uses the Perl/Tk and Libnet libraries, both available from the CPAN FTP site. Download: pFtp 0.05

[Jan 28, 2000] DDJ EXAMINING PERLDAP  by Troy Neeriemer

Netscape's PerLDAP is an important tool for both programmers and administrators because it provides a mechanism for accessing directory information from Perl. Troy presents a high-level overview of PerLDAP, along with details of how you can use it. Additional resources include perldap.txt (listings) and (source code).

File managers

Paw (Perl ASCII Widgets) is a widgetset for generating a GUI on ASCII based terminals. It contains button, radiobutton, label, line, listbox, text_entry, pull-down-menu, filedialog, popup-box and more. Examples are included. This
software requires Perl::Curses.

[Apr 18, 2001] Drall -- Stable version Much better that it was and now supports authentication using the same author's Averist module. Written in Perl (GNU license) Screenshots:

Here is the quote from the author page:

If you like Drall, please express your satisfaction with a donation: send me what you feel Drall has been worth to you. If you are glad that I developed Drall and distribute it as free software, rather than following the obstructive and antisocial practices typical of software developers, reward me. If you would like me to develop more free software, contribute.

Scripts Archives

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  • Programmers Heaven - Perl & PHP & Python Zone - Perl files files
  • About Slasht -- old slashdot source. -- Slashdot site code(outdated, buggy, but still useful). There is also Freshmeat site code.
  • Cool Modules List
  •  Bill Middleton archive -- contain a lot of useful scripts, including:
  • Matt's Script Archive
  • perlWWW -- a (personal) attempt to index (free) Perl programs, and libraries, related to the World Wide Web.
  • Perl Scripts  -- some file processing cripts, etc.
  • Abigail's Perl stuff -- some interesting algorithms
  • Dale Bewley's Perl Scripts and Links -- contains an impressive collection of links
  • Software Composition Group Archive -- htgrep
  • My little world in Perl Examples
  • Etc

    CGI Scripts


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    Introduction and Tutorials

    Several books are available online: see Perlbooks.  Please consult PERL Reference for a more complete list of tutorials. It does not make sense to try to learn Perl from WEB tutorials or, God forbid, from the Perl manual.  Perl books. including books from are much more appropriate (but please avoid  popular Learning Perl and Learning Perl on Win32  twins :-).

    Actually there are few good online tutorials on Perl.

    Some Perl Books sites

    Please note that all O'Reilly Perl books have one chapter online. Those chapters are a nice complement to full online books.


    As for WEB tutorial IMHO only explanation of a particular language features can probably be useful.

    Regular expressions (see special section devoted to this important feature below)



    See also modules, regular expressions




    Perl Man Pages on the WEB

    Perl Reference Guide & Perl 5 Desktop Guide   see also mirror Perl5 Reference Guide

    Perl Recipes

    FAQs and the Manual

    See also Perl FAQ Index .Beginning with Perl version 5.004, the Perl distribution itself includes the Perl FAQ.


    Random Findings

  Critique of the Perl 6 RFC Process [Oct. 31, 2000]

    Perl Shell

    The Perl Shell is a shell that combines the interactive nature of a Unix shell with the power of Perl. The goal is to eventually have a full featured shell that behaves as expected for normal shell activity. But, the Perl Shell will use Perl syntax and functionality for for control-flow statements and other things.

    [fm] Perl shell 0.003

    Perl Shell 0.003 Gregor N. Purdy - November 23rd 1999, 18:03 EST

    The Perl Shell (psh) is an interactive command-line Unix shell that aims to bring the benefits of Perl scripting to a shell context and the shell's interactive execution model to Perl.

    Changes: This version of the Perl Shell adds significant functionality. However, it is still an early development release. New features include rudimentary background jobs handling and job management, signal handling, filename completion, updates to history handling, flexible %built_ins mechanism for adding built-in functions and smart mode is now on by default.



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