Find in Files

It is often the case when editing project files that you need to find information in other files. Typically this involves switching to the command line and performing cd and grep commands and then finding/opening those files back in an editor. Nothing like performing a bunch of extra steps to pull you out of the coding zone…

 

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Find in Files

File Locking and Read-Only Mode

Have you ever viewed the contents of a file that you had no intention of modifying and then accidentally changed and saved?  It can happen to anyone, especially when editing a large number of files.  TKE has an elegant way to avoid having this happen to you with a feature called file locking.

Locking a file causes the associated edit buffer to switch to read-only mode.  You can still select, copy text and search within the file; however, it is impossible to modify the contents of the buffer.  Let’s take a quick look to see how to lock (and unlock) a file within TKE.

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File Locking and Read-Only Mode

Stable vs. Development Releases

If you are Linux or Max OS X user using version 1.4 or later, you now have the option of upgrading TKE to the latest version via the new “Check for Update” menu option in the Help menu. By default, whenever a new stable version of TKE is released, using “Check for Updates” will communicate that a new version is available. However, if you like to try the latest features and live on the “wild side”, you also have the option of updating the latest available development version of the tool.

To switch to the development release schedule, open your user preferences via the Edit / Preferences / Edit user option. In the resulting file, find the General/UpdateReleaseType option setting and change the associated value from “stable” to “devel”, save the file and then close the file. Once this has been accomplished, using the “Check for Update” menu option will now suggest the latest development release.

You can always switch back to stable releases at any time by changing the preference option back to the string “stable” and clicking on “Check for Update”.

Development releases are more prone to bugs than stable releases are. If you want to log a bug against a development release, please specify which development release you are using in the bug report.

Stable vs. Development Releases

Show in Sidebar

Here’s a quick tip for you.

If you are a fan of the sidebar, you know that it can become cluttered. When you are working with a particular file in the editing pane, you can quickly cause the current file to become visible in the sidebar by right-clicking the current tab and selecting the “Show in Sidebar” option.

This option even works when the filesystem associated with the current file isn’t shown in the sidebar. Using this option will automatically open the parenting directory and associated file contents in the sidebar.

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Show in Sidebar

Using Markers

A marker in TKE is an easy way to remember line positions within an editor.  Once created, you can quickly and easily jump to a marker via the "Find / Markers" menu item.  Selecting a marker from the menu will instantly change the current editor tab to the one containing the marker, make the marked line visible in the editor and place the insertion cursor at the beginning of the marked line.  This feature is an awesome way to quickly jump to a given line at any point while editing other files or while editing different text in the same file.

Let’s start by learning how to create a marker in the editor below for line 45.

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Using Markers