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Wednesday October 09, 2002
05:14 PM

Perl Oasis

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I just did a demo of my Perl Oasis to a fellow Perl programmer. Thankfully he said "Wow! This is the coolest thing in a long time". And then he asked himself why he didn't already know about it. So did I, since it's been out there for a long time.

I truly find Perl Oasis useful, but plugging it all over the place, all the time, is just bad form. However this is my blog, so here goes:

Perl Oasis is a Perl IDE. It is a code navigator; a POD/source/class browser tightly integrated with (currently) UltraEdit. It makes it easy to navigate source code, POD, modules, projects and your files. It is a Win32::GUI application.

Cool thing: my colleague also mentioned that there are third party programs listed on the UltraEdit web site, so why didn't I ask for Oasis to be listed there as well? So I sent an e-mail, and the author himself just e-mailed me to say it's ok.

Wow! :)

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  • Perl Oasis needs better P.R. I've been using UltraEdit as my primary Perl editor for the past 5 years, and had never heard of Perl Oasis.
  • I hate to say it, but you really need screenshots. They give me an instant feel for the functionality on offer, and whether or not I want to even bother downloading it.

    Of course it's a moot point for me since I'm a TextPad user when I'm on Win32, but I still think you need them.

    Heck, I even put up screenshots for AxPoint [].
    • Good point. The sad thing is that I'm like that too :) I need a motivation to download stuff, but I hoped the blurb itself would entice people enough to do that.

      And note that you don't need UltraEdit to use Perl Oasis, but it's a more powerful combo than just Oasis.

      Comments and improvement possibilities are welcome.
      • What really gets me checking something out is hearing everybody talk about it. The initial blurb piques my interest and files a bookmark in my brain. Screenshots may entice me to download at that point, but if not, what will finally hook me into it is when I hear Matt, gnat, pudge, et. al. all saying how wonderful it is.

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • Yeah, I'm waiting for that too ;)

          Seriously, The GUI Loft gets decent word of mouth in various mailing lists, but Perl Oasis have managed to stay off-radar, period. Kind of strange since it's a more general tool. Or if it's simply that people find TGL more useful :)

          The only feedback _at_all_ I have found (HTTP_REFERER is nice) is this blog entry at Classy's Kitchen:

          Which is nice I guess.
  • I don't know whether it counts as PR, but I now added the Perl Oasis to the CPAN ports (Win32) IDEs [] section, and UltraEdit to the editors list.

    • ...and, duh, managed to introduce a few typos and bugs in the process (like deleting the first <
      from the file), and now am unable to fix it for a few hours at least...