Your Brief Guide to Scripting Tools: Primalscript
Editors exist for all kinds of scripting needs—some free, some cheap, and some not-so-cheap. Use this guide to help you find the right product for your work.
- By Michael Feuda
, from Sapien Technologies Inc., is a full-featured
and powerful scripting and programming editor. This editor combines standard
editing tools with welcome additional features in a single interface.
If you expect this program to be missing your “wish-list” editing items,
you might be in for a surprise.
At first glance, Primalscript has a similar interface to that
of Microsoft Outlook. On the left-hand side there is a serious of small
pane choices in an area called the Nexus. An icon of a light switch lets
you easily turn this pane off or on. At the bottom of the Nexus a group
of icons gave me the ability to select what type of Nexus window I could
have. I could choose from a File, Info, Tools, Snippets, or Type Library
Browser display. The right-hand side offers an area that displays the
current script you are editing. I opened up two scripts and as each script
opened, I was presented with the names of the scripts in a small toolbar
at the bottom of the program. I also noticed what appeared to be the functionality
of an Internet Browser at the extreme bottom of the program. Sure enough,
I typed in the URL for www.mcpmag.com and I was now presented with the
home page for your favorite web site! With one mouse click, I could immediately
be back working on my script. This is a great idea. I could easily reference
on-line content and quickly switch back to my script.
Sapien Technologies Inc.
Pros: Full-featured scripting editor that leaves
nothing out (that I could find!).
Cons: Could be more than the occasional script writer
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the Primalscript’s ability to
use syntax coloring to help you visualize your code. It is also very simple
to navigate through a script with the aid of find buttons and the ability
to create bookmarks. You can in addition to script specific bookmarks,
create global bookmarks, which can be re-used throughout all of your scripts.
Under the View pull down menu, you’ll easily be able to navigate and display
different options in your scripts with the use of the line number and
column ruler, hidden character, hexadecimal and font options.
The editor has two other handy features available directly from a pull
down menu. It gives me the ability to send a script directly through email.
I could also launch the FTP interface to get or put a script at a desired
location. Want to change some options? No problem for Primalscript.
In fact, I counted twelve separate tabs within the Options menu. This
program lets you completely tailor the options to your liking.
Primalscript supports a wide variety of scripting languages such
as VBScript, Perl, HTML, DOS batch files, and many others. Primalscript
also goes beyond a standard editor with such advanced features as
capabilities for source control, spell checking, macro functions and debug
scripting. A feature called Primalsense will help you change options for
specific languages, including code completion and auto case correction.
Primalscript also has a many support features and options for Windows
Scripting Host (WSH).
|Primalscript makes it easy to edit scripts with its
Nexus tabs, line numbering and bookmark support. (Click image to view
To complement all of these rich features, Primalscript has a thorough
Help Index and Contents offering. From the pull down menu, you can quickly
launch directly to the Primalscript homepage, technical support or downloads
Sapien has seemed to have packed just about everything a script creator
could want into Primalscript. If you’re looking for an editor that
leaves nothing to the imagination, then look no further. Primalscript
is for you.
Michael Feuda, MCSE, NNCDS, is an independent writer. He has worked
with Microsoft products since the days of LAN Manager.