SlickEdit update aims to reduce drudgery
April 4, 2008 —
It’s generally assumed that one can become more creative by minimizing the amount of repetitive drudgework, and developers insist that their text editing tools be both flexible and intelligent enough to handle chores that are easily automated.
In hopes of meeting that goal, SlickEdit announced the release of SlickEdit 2008, a cross-platform, multilanguage code editor. The update includes new features, such as the ability to view output from build tools and other processes running in SlickEdit.
The company has also tried to make its namesake editor easier to configure by collecting the options dialogs into a tree view, with choices displayed as either embedded forms or in a tabular format. The config command can also be used to set one’s preferences.
Installed language support has seen some work as well, and new file extension and language manager screens in the options dialog allow the use of extension remapping to give the developer the options appropriate for the language in use.
Adaptive formatting allows developers to use existing code libraries as formatting sources, while the “Quick Brace” feature converts single-line statements into brace-enclosed blocks. Makefile import is also new in this release
SlickEdit 2008 adds support for Perl regular expression syntax, including word anchor matching, extended escape sequences, and case-conversion and matching.
Other new features include full SCIM support, a debugger, and new ways to handle URLs in editor windows and through mapping, in code. Automatic symbol translation is meant to keep developers focused on code instead of making them rummage through tables of entity references, while a new clipboard tool allows the previewing and management of up to 50 distinct clipboards in the editor.
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