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Is Padre for Perl only?

While the main focus of Padre is to provide excellent support for both beginner and advanced Perl developers it is not restricted to Perl development only. It provides syntax highlighting to most of the languages out there and if you are missing something just ask on the mailing list or open a ticket. It is also planned to be integrated with Parrot that will allow writing plug-ins in any language running on Parrot.

Why not just reuse an existing Editor?

We hope that by writing it in Perl we will make it easy for any user of Padre to contribute back to the project and/or to add plug-ins.

  • vi and emacs while excellent tools are not beginner friendly
  • Komodo costs money
  • Eclisp is huge, to my experience is slow and you need to know Java to extend it
  • The various editors such as Ultra-Edit, Notepad++ etc. are mostly Windows only

Why use wxWidgets and not ... ?

wxWidgets uses the native windowing widgets of each operating system and in theory that should be the nicest and most "native looking" on all Operating Systems. So while it has it own problems and it is not the easiest to write in it, it might have the best potential.