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Subject: Re: [aclug-L] parse error question (fwd)
From: Bob Deep <bobd@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 16:06:39 -0500
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Todd_Lundstedt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> I didn't state this in my previous post, but, NEdit will be able to match
> braces no matter how large the code.  When your cursor passes a paren,
> bracket or brace, NEdit automatically highlights the matching item for a
> second.  If the matching item is off the screen, press Ctrl-M and the
> entire section is highlighted (Windows selected).  Then you can scroll to
> find the other end of the match.

Xemacs/emacs both do this type of thing too.  In the C mode (and I
assume many others) you can selectivly turn on various types of paran
highlights (blinking, steady and expression).  It also has some other
options that are nice... Syntax highlighting in font faces, color, or
both, indendentation engine and a very nice interface to GDB as well as
CVS.  Of course some of the wiz-bang neat'o stuff (colors and fonts) are
only available witn Xemacs...

Xemacs comes with all the things you would expect from a text editor,
and more.  You can read mail, edit your C program, run a shell window,
build your new project, while running your program in the debugger. 
There is a way to make files on a ftp host look like they are local
files for editing, extensive on line help and a internet browser should
you like to try it. (it works just fine).  There is a way you can write
extensions to Xemacs (in lisp) so if you don't see your dream interface
in the lisp libs, write it yourself...  I know there are editor modes
written for C, C++, Shell, Perl, Java, lisp and html, I've used them.


The down side, is Xemacs is HUGE! (Taks quite a while to download even
at 33.6).  But never fear, grab your Red Hat 5.0 CD, install rpm (if you
don't have it) and you are in busniess.  (Bad news for you 5.1 owners...
I cannot find it there.)  Best have some spair disk space, and extra
memory (and/or swap space arround) if you choose to try it.  It taks a
lot of both to operate.  Don't worry about your low powered CPU (my
486/66 gives reasonable performance), just be sure to have enough
memory.  On today's machines with 32Meg you won't have a problem (unless
you have 3-4 users doing the same thing.)

I've used Xemacs now for almost 5 years, and for the price (free)
nothing is even close.  It has quite a steap learning curve, and setting
it up is not always for the novice, but the rewards of using it are
great in the programming world.  It does come out of the build process
neatly configured and ready to run though.  Internal documentation is
usually there, but its like most man pages, you sorta need to know what
you are doing before you can make sense of the info.  But it starts up
and can give you a great toturail if you let it...

Get it and try it... Word it ain't, but it is not supposed to be a word
processor in the first place.

-= bob =-
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