Activestate VisualPerl in development
June 10, 2000 12:21 PM   Subscribe

Activestate VisualPerl in development for Visual Studio 7. For Win32 developers, it looks like it will work as a plug in. Information is not abundant, but they promise more soon.
posted by Dean_Paxton (9 comments total)
Oh yeah, there will also be a Visual Python plug in too.
posted by Dean_Paxton at 12:22 PM on June 10, 2000

Ah, antimatter touching matter. End of the universe. Etc.
posted by dhartung at 11:00 PM on June 10, 2000

Sounds interesting. Now I'm looking forward to VS7 for more reasons than just my hope for a common interface.

For the most part I like all of the VS7 tools, but each one still has legacy pieces from when they weren't part a 'suite' package, which can make it frustrating switching from VB to InterDev to VC++ (which I have to do daily.)
posted by cCranium at 9:17 AM on June 11, 2000

Hell, I have never installed the whole suite successfully, let alone make them run. I use 3 machines for the same thing that you do.
posted by Dean_Paxton at 9:33 AM on June 11, 2000

Microsoft integrates Perl into Visual Studio? [gag]

I'm reminded of that line from the Matrix. "Your stench. It permeates everything."
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:01 PM on June 11, 2000

I imagine the integration is just part of InterDev, so not only will it recognize HTML, ASP, JavaScript, VBScript and the other ones it recognizes (those are really the only ones I use in ID regularily :-), it will also recognize Perl and Python, which is tres cool.

Of course, I'm awfully wary of what MS' implementation of both of these is going to be, although they seem to be pretty good about including the standard libraries.
posted by cCranium at 5:57 AM on June 12, 2000

(actually read link)

Oh, hell, it's ActiveState devloping it as a seperate app. Chances are MS themselves won't have much to do with it, except distributing it. ActiveState's win32 Perl is already pretty damn good. Being a part of Visual Studio, (and therefore probably privvy to some of the Secret APIs [there is no secret api]) it'll probably be even better.
posted by cCranium at 6:01 AM on June 12, 2000

This is going to be nice, assuming VS7 finally gets the long-promised universal interface. Really, though, all I care about is that I can scroll the Visual Basic editor with the mouse-wheel. If I have to edit lame VB code, at least let me use the mouse wheel! GAAAAAAAH!
posted by daveadams at 8:27 AM on June 12, 2000


Get the mousewheel drivers, and install them. If it's a microsoft mouse, you're going to want to download the IntelliPoint Drivers. It lets you use the wheel with VB, SQL Server 6.5, and pretty much everything else. VERY nice.

(note: I used the product search page for win2k drivers. I don't think it matters, I think the OS choice is from the above link, but you may need to do some searching)
posted by cCranium at 12:09 PM on June 12, 2000

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