Visual SlickEdit Gets Even Better

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2005-05-02 Print this article Print

Programmers' editors such as SlickEdit's Visual SlickEdit 10 have become much more than manual tools for working with source code text.

Programmers editors such as SlickEdits Visual SlickEdit 10 have become much more than manual tools for working with source code text. The March Version 10 update of Visual SlickEdit, a long-standing eWEEK Labs Analysts Choice, provides impressive real-time analysis and display of program structure. Improvements include expanded tools for code refactoring as well as edit-time flagging of Java syntax errors.

Many tasks will benefit from Visual SlickEdit 10s capacity to edit files up to 2GB in size and to run not only on Windows but also on several Unix variants, including Mac OS X (with X11 support installed). Combined with fully integrated FTP facilities, this versatility rewards the investment of tailoring the editor to personal tastes.

Speaking of investment, though, the Windows-only named-user version of Visual SlickEdit 10 is no casual purchase at $284; the multiplatform package rings in at $799. Even so, thats not much in terms of developer hours, which is the proper perspective.

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Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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