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Professional SlickEdit

ISBN: 978-0-470-12215-0
472 pages
November 2007
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Professional SlickEditis the first guide to the award-winning SlickEdit tools, and is technically reviewed by the SlickEdit development team. SlickEdit expert John Hurst shares his years of experience in developing with SlickEdit to teach readers how to maximize the tool’s features, and to write and debug code faster than they have before. Additionally, the book includes a CD ROM with an extended trial version of SlickEdit not available anywhere else.

Professional SlickEdit is heavy on examples, making this a hands-on guide that will get readers up and running with the tools quickly. Topics include:

  • Customizing the environment
  • Staying organized with Workspaces and Projects
  • Understanding Tagging
  • Quickly navigating code
  • Power editing techniques for text, code and data
  • Taking advantage of Aliases and File Templates
  • Slick-C Macro Programming
  • Custom Language Support
  • DIFFzilla and other tools

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Table of Contents


Part I: Getting Started with SlickEdit.

Chapter 1: Introducing SlickEdit.

Chapter 2: Configuration.

Chapter 3: Managing Windows.

Part II: Using SlickEdit.

Chapter 4: Workspaces and Projects.

Chapter 5: Context Tagging.

Chapter 6: Navigation.

Chapter 7: Search and Replace.

Chapter 8: Editing Text.

Chapter 9: Editing Code.

Chapter 10: Editing Data.

Chapter 11: Aliases and File Templates.

Chapter 12: Document Types.

Chapter 13: Comparing and Merging.

Chapter 14: Version Control.

Part III: Advanced SlickEdit.

Chapter 15: Other Tools.

Chapter 16: Slick-C Macro Programming.

Chapter 17: Customization.

Appendix A: Settings for Different Emulations.

Appendix B: Regular Expression Syntax.

Appendix C: SlickEdit Callbacks.

Appendix D: What’s on the CD-ROM.


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Author Information

John Hurst has been programming computers for fun and profit since he was 14. He started with BASIC on a home computer and then moved on to Pascal and C. He has worked with many other languages since, and today works mostly with Java and Ruby.
He is an independent consultant/developer and provides design, development and training services to companies in New Zealand and Australia. You can find out about John on his website at http://www.skepticalhumorist.co.nz.
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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

ChapterPageDetailsDatePrint Run
120 Error in Table
p. 120 Table 6-1 The commands "wrox-prev-word" and "wrox-next-word" were changed during writing to "wrox-prev-whitespace-word" and "wrox-next-whitespace-word". They are incorrect in this table, and in several occurrences in the text in the following pages.
121 Error in Text
paragraph 3:

"further below in this chapter"

should be:

"later in this chapter"
121 Error in Figure
Figure 6-6:

the line numbered "5" should indicate the end of the word "size", not between the 'z' and the 'e' as it does.
200 Error in Text
"Add data in columns"

should be:

"Add characters in columns"
205 Error in Figure
The description of Figure 10-8 should state "10 x 3 block selection".
208 Error in Formatting
Last line: "block fill" and "block insert" are not commands, and should be in the regular paragraph font.
220 Addition to Text
1st para: As well as mentioning quote-key, I should mention commands like keyin-space and keyin-enter here.
223 Error in Text
"some CSV data"

should be:

"some data"

(The data are not CSV in this example.)
259 Error in Text
"several commercial tools"

should be:

"many commercial tools"
262 Problem with Example
There is an example XML fragment shown here, but there is no discussion of what it illustrates! I left out a paragraph or two of explanation, and possibly some steps to follow.
269 Correction
The Alt+N key binding for keyin-buf-name requires the WROX emulation. Should be indicated as "(WROX: Alt+N)".
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