I was happily editing some CLP code in RDi and very pleased with the Rational Developers automatic code reformatting: stretching out my Control Language code to fit the screen neatly. This is a nice enhancement to the code editing experience and blows the trusty old SEU workhorse out of the water….
I like how it stretches my code out beyond the 80 columns of SEU… until I try to look at it using SEU and then realize it’s chopped off the end. But it looks OK in RDi… but chopped in SEU… #aaargh
Here’s what it looks like in RDi:
But in SEU it’s chopped off:
Luckily RDi has a nice easy solution, which lets us overcome this limitation of the Stone-age Editing Utility.
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Setting column widths in RDi
Windows > Preferences > Remote Systems > Remote Systems LPEX Editor > IBM i Parsers > CL
So lets do some tweaking!
I played with it and like these settings the best:
- Automatic Uppercasing *OFF
- Automatic Indent – Blanks 3
- Automatic formatting
- Label Position 1
- Command Position 5
- Continued Line Indent 14
- Line Length 100 (I prefer it longer but this solves my problem with Turnover #CestLaVie)
- Label above command
For today at least 🙂
Now I can just run down the source typing a space (into a space) so it’s flagged as changed and the RDi parser re-sorts and aligns the code for me. In this case ending up like this:
Neat code in a Jiffy.
HINT: if you make layout changes they are only applied when a line is changed. So, do a SELECT ALL (CTRL/A) and then a CUT/PASTE on the entire source member you will immediately see the code in the new reformatted layout 🙂