SlickEdit smoothes out code editor for Eclipse
August 19, 2008 —
Morrisville, N.C.-based SlickEdit has added integration with the Eclipse Ganymede release of projects to the latest version of its Core plug-in.
SlickEdit Core 3.4, released last week, is a plug-in for Eclipse that lets developers use the company’s code editor as a default editor in the Eclipse environment. Core gives users a set of symbols and navigation tools for editing code. It works with both Eclipse 3.3 and 3.4 and can handle more than 40 languages, SlickEdit executives said.
It provides emulations of 13 code editors, including the BRIEF text editor, which was sold by Borland and available in early versions of Microsoft Windows, and the open-source Vim text editor.
“The benefit of having different emulations to choose from is that if you are coming from a different editor, you can choose an emulation that contains the key bindings and behaviors that you are familiar with,” said Jason Jones, a spokesman for SlickEdit. “This allows you to become fast and productive with SlickEdit Core for Eclipse without having to learn new key bindings for common commands that you run, thus allowing you to keep your hands on the keyboard for maximum productivity.”
Other new capabilities for Core 3.4 include Macro programming within Eclipse for automating repetitive tasks, and maintenance and technical support services within the annual subscription.
“You can record a sequence of operations as you apply them, which you can capture as a recorded macro to be replayed and run at any time to reduce having to complete this repetitive task,” Jones said. “Programmable macros allow you to use the SlickEdit Slick-C programming language to extend the functionality of SlickEdit Core.”
SlickEdit Core 3.4 also features seven additional views for code editing and the DIFFzilla differencing engine. The Reference View, for example, displays a list of references for symbols and provides a symbol drop-down list. The Outline View contains a definition browser that provides information on symbols in the current file. The Preview View displays the definition of the current symbol from the SlickEdit code editor to let users see the definition without having to open a separate buffer. The Preview View can also give samples of what will show up in the other views, including the Reference and Outline Views.
“SlickEdit Core contains some of the most powerful editing and programming features available within any editing environment on the market today,” said Scott Westfall, the company’s vice president of software development.
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