For many years the favored editor for Perl developers fell under the same umbrella as the favored editor in *nix. A major fight between Vi and Emacs, and all the other options trailing behind somewhere.
Over the past year, a team of developers has been working to change that. The result is the Padre editor, or the Perl Application Development and Refactoring Environment. The Padre team recently released their 0.5 revision and let me tell you, it is fantastic.
With the 0.5 release there are two particularly interesting developments. They are a Mac standalone package and a self-contained Windows package. This makes Padre extremely easy to install on the two most common desktop systems and puts it on level ground with all your other editing options. If you don't read another word, grab a copy and try it. * (... screenshot after the break)*