Mike, one of our long time PrimalScript users, gave us this nice comment when I asked him why he keeps upgrading even though his company doesn’t pay for tools:
I’ve been using PrimalScript since version 2.1. I’ve always enjoyed it and have appreciated its continuing advances and refinements.
Two things stand out in its feature set: the ability to make stand alone .exe’s from vbscript source and PrimalScript’s “code awareness”.
The ability to create a single executable utility from VBScript source package makes distribution and deployment of my scripts a breeze.
I particularly like PrimalScript’s “code awareness.” This includes, but goes beyond, the convenience of PrimalSense. PrimalScript knows /my/ script. At any point in my script it knows the particular function I’m in; it also lets me travel easily to other functions and subroutines. I have been particularly enjoying the navigational convenience of “Go to Declaration.” I miss those features instantly whenever I find myself using something like EditPadPro or <shudder> notepad.
My employer is not big on spending money on tools — this includes script editors. Consequently I find myself having to buy my own. Needless to say I choose carefully what to purchase. I value my own scripting productivity as I continually seek to produce high quality solutions and tools quickly. PrimalScript gives me a needed edge in that regard–that’s why I’ve been using it pretty consistently since 2000. It just works, and it doesn’t get in the way.
Senior Technical Analyst and scriptographer