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You poll did not ask the most obvious editor.. The Mainframe. I develop all my webfocus code on the mainframe. MVS os/390.. Using the SPF editor.
I can beat handdown anyone using Power Reporter, Dev Studio etc. All of my applications are Self Service. Until Power Reporter and Dev Studio grow up, I will stay on host. We are running 4.3.6 of the desk top tools
Posts: 19 | Location: Omaha, NE | Registered: July 23, 2003
Originally posted by Rich: [qb] You poll did not ask the most obvious editor.. The Mainframe. I develop all my webfocus code on the mainframe. MVS os/390.. Using the SPF editor.[/qb]
SPF edit rocks... and I believe this would fall under "Third party text editor."
Personally I use textpad for my html editing - http://www.textpad.com . It's a great little text editor that includes powerful features for string search and replacement across multiple documents. Not available for the mainframe though - only Windows.
GUI tools have their place of course, but there's nothing like hacking the code.
Posts: 55 | Location: New York | Registered: March 07, 2003
Of course SPF required a bit of learning too.
I haven't kept up with SPF/PC, as the upgrade got to expensive.
But Notepad is usually what I use, cause it's always there and does the job !
Posts: 165 | Location: Detroit Metro | Registered: September 17, 2003
Originally posted by Ildave: [qb] Hi, I use UltraEdit. for me it's a great text editor. [/qb]
I use UltraEdit also. I have created a word file for WebFOCUS that hilights WebFOCUS syntax. I also created a web page you can place on your hard drive that can be executed from UltraEdit advanced menu which will prompt you for any amper variables you need and then execute your focexec against your WebFOCUS server. It rocks! Let me know and I'll send you the code.....Kelly
Does anyone know how I can change the default text editor for WebFOCUS? It seems to only launch the Java applet, and it's really annoying to go back and forth from my text editor when making really complicated adjustments (like find and replaces or mass tabbing).
I use EditPlus. It's my favourite WIndows program.
I have it configured to syntax-colour WebFOCUS fex, mas and acx files.
It has auto-completion - when you type the name of the function, it inserts the the parameters and all you have to do is change the values - you do not have to check the manual for the syntax of the function.
You can search for a text value in multiple folders and then open all the files where the value was found. Then you can make a global change to all the open files with one command and save them all with one command.
You can group related files into Projects and then have them all open with a simple command.
Keyboard mapping... US and UK spell-checking... FTP... Sorting... Case Change... HTML code stripping...
Oh yeah, it has line numbers, something the text editor in Dev. Studio doesn't have - at least until version 5.3.4.
The only learning curve is learning all you can do with it.
I wish there was something like this on the Mac OS - BBEdit pales in comparison.
Give me code, or give me retirement. In FOCUS since 1991
Production: WF 7.7.05M, Dev Studio, BID, MRE, WebSphere, DB2 / Test: WF 8.1.05M, App Studio, BI Portal, Report Caster, jQuery, HighCharts, Apache Tomcat, MS SQL Server
Thank you for your responses, I guess what I meant was how can I integrate it in to WebFOCUS so that when I rightclick on the report icon the "other" text editor opens the script rather than having to copy and paste back and forth from text editor back to the web file?
I don't think that you can actually integrate it into WebFOCUS, but you can add it to the menu options so that you can call it from within Dev Studio.
Go to Window/Options and click on the External Tools tab. Enter the title text and the location of the program file. No helpful file tool on this one, you have to enter the path and filename yourself (in 7.1.3 anyway).
Now click on the first of the three icons and the tool will be added.
To access it you go to the Command menu and it should appear at the bottom of the list.
It doesn't get launched in Dev Studio and is akin to clicking on an icon in the quick launch bar (if you use it).
If you have a decent properties file for .fex, .mas etc then I would appreciate a copy
In FOCUS since 1986
WebFOCUS Server 8.2.01M, thru 8.2.07 on Windows Svr 2008 R2
WebFOCUS App Studio 8.2.06 standalone on Windows 10
Posts: 5694 | Location: United Kingdom | Registered: April 08, 2004
From the manual... Developing Reporting Applications With Graphical Tools Version 7 Release 1.3 Chapter 9
You can access any text editor that is registered with your operating system based on the program that is set up to be the default program that opens the selected file type. For example, in Windows Explorer, select a .fex file, then right-click and select Properties from the context menu. Click Change and select Notepad as the default program to open this file type if it is not already associated with an application. The option to open procedures (.fex files) with Notepad will now be available through Developer Studio.
This option is valuable for developers who want to take advantage of the WebFOCUS language and use the editor of their choice.
Accessing Text Editors You can access any text editor by right-clicking a file within the Developer Studio Explorer. A context menu for the file appears with the following default options: ❏ Open in (Task Viewer/Text Editor/Registered Program) to edit the procedure’s components. Depending on this setting, the following options order will change. ❏ Open in (Task Viewer). Depending on the product settings, this option may show Open in (Text Editor) or Open in (Registered Program), for example, Notepad. ❏ Open in Text Editor to edit the procedure’s code using the Developer Studio text editor. ❏ Open in (Registered Program) to edit the procedure’s code using an external editor, such as Notepad. ❏ Open in auto detected tool to open the procedure in the tool used to create it (for example, the Report Painter, HTML Layout Painter, etc.). You must use this option if you need to open the file in the HTML Layout Painter or Compound Report Constructor because it is the only way to open procedures created in the tool used to create them. You cannot open procedures created with those tools from the Task Viewer.
Procedure: How to Set Up the Default Action for the Open Option 1. In the Explorer window, select Options from the Window menu. The Developer Studio Options dialog box opens at the General tab. 2. From the Default file editor drop-down list, select one of the following: ❏ Edit in DevStudio tool to edit a procedure in the Developer Studio Task Viewer. ❏ Edit in Text Editor to edit a procedure in Developer Studio’ s text editor. ❏ Edit in Windows registered tool to edit a procedure in Notepad, Wordpad, or other program as registered with the operating system.
...Then again if you use the Developer Studio supplied text editor, you can launch the gui tools, like the DEFINE tool, from within the text editor.
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Posts: 346 | Location: Melbourne Australia | Registered: April 15, 2003