My Windows environment, 2018 edition

I think I’ve found a workable solution for Unicode support from a Windows command line. I’ve made various posts about editing tools in this blog but I hadn’t found one satisfactory. Sinan Ünür and I took another wack at configuring something to handle Unicode (mostly to support my work on Learning Perl 6) and I think we have something that works. Continue reading “My Windows environment, 2018 edition”

The M+ console font

Sinan Ünür sent me a screenshot of his use of the console font M+. He uses ConEmu, one of the tabbed console programs I showed in Windows Command Shells. It has the same failings that they all do since they all use the same underpinnings, but it’s other features are nice. He’s talked about some of his struggles: Continue reading “The M+ console font”

What’s your Windows Perl environment?

I’ve listed some tools in Text Editors for Windows Perl and Windows command shells. What do you use?

I know that many people use cygwin, and if you do feel free to tell me about it. I’m interested in how you edit files and how you run programs. If you feel like taking a screenshot of your Desktop showing your set up, I’m curious to see what colors you use too. What do you do to personalize your environment?

I’ve outlined my current environment, but that’s also changing as I try new things.

My Windows Environment

I’m not running a dedicated Windows box; I’ve installed (legal) copies of Windows in various releases in VMWare Fusion on my phat Mac Pro. I set up a big RAM disk from which to run everything, and have all the third-party stuff installed on a disk that I mount in the virtual machine. For the most part, I’m working in Windows 7. Continue reading “My Windows Environment”

Text Editors for Windows Perl

A person’s editor is a sensitive topic, much like their religion and favorite sports team. Some of it makes sense, some of it is superstition, and you’re likely to get a finger in the eye if you try to take away their favorite editor. It’s not unheard of for people to quit jobs to go to one that lets them use the tools they like. Continue reading “Text Editors for Windows Perl”

Windows command shells

Windows needs a better terminal program. If you’re using Perl, you’re going to have an easier time dealing with life at a command line—that’s where Perl came from and how it’s oriented. That’s also how you’re likely to deal with Perl once you leave Windows. I’m certainly going to have an easier time since I’ve been a shell guy for a long time. 2018 update: I’m using ConEmu. Continue reading “Windows command shells”