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Original author(s) Steve Hancock
Initial release 2003; 14 years ago (2003)
Stable release
20160302 / March 2, 2016; 14 months ago (2016-03-02)
Development status Active
Written in Perl
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Static code analysis
License GNU General Public License

PerlTidy is a tool written in the Perl programming language to do static code analysis against code written in that same language. It uses either command-line switches or configuration files to reformat Perl scripts so they comply with specified coding rules. The default configuration is an approximation of the Perl Style Guide.[1]

Aside from the command line, there are a number of tools for alternate interfaces for PerlTidy, including one for the Padre IDE,[2] perltidy.el for Emacs.[3] and an online version[4]

Since its introduction, PerlTidy has become an oft-recommend tool for Perl programmers, noted in a number of key books. Notably, the work Perl Best Practices provides a set of PerlTidy configurations[5] to match the syntax prescriptions in that book.


External links[edit]

  • Page 35 of Conway, Damian (July 2005). Perl Best Practices (1 ed.). O'Reilly Media. ISBN 978-0-596-00173-5.