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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Feb 27, 2014

Bring LPEX editor more in line with Eclipse Java editor

I would like to see an LPEX "Editor profile" that makes the LPEX editor work like the Eclipse Java editor as long as it relates to "selecting text" or "text indention" (TAB / Shift-TAB). Selection text, changing the left indention of selected text, copy & paste and all the other actions related to pure text should work the same for all editors in an IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

Of course moving the cursor with TAB to the next valid position in fix
format RPG should not be changed, as well as all other options related to the System i (such as F4 = Source Prompter).

This RFE is closely related to RFE 36974, but it is more general.

Use Case:

Daily work.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Sep 14, 2015

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Rational
    Product family - Design & development
    Product - Developer for Power Systems

  • Guest
    Jan 22, 2015

    In addition to Tab/Shift Tab mentioned.

    Ctrl-C (copy) sometimes works.. sometimes doesn't. I'm not sure why.
    Apparently the supported copy command is Ctrl-Ins.

    This is a bit.... unintuitive.

  • Guest
    Jul 11, 2014

    The information that we requested to clarify this enhancement request was not provided so the RFE is being closed.

  • Guest
    Mar 31, 2014

    Thank you for taking the time to suggest this enhancement to our product.

    In RDi 9.0 we introduced an LPEX profile named "eclipse" to provide such a profile that is more in line with other Eclipse editors, and we made it the default. Any enhancements as you are suggesting would go into this profile, as you are asking.

    I believe the selection issues you are seeing should only come from selecting errors in the Error List view, and all other selections will behave as they do in other Eclipse editors already. This issue is covered by another RFE.

    In addition to this idea of an LPEX profile, which we have starting in RDi 9.0, I believe the two other specific requests you are making are already being tracked by other RFEs, and if that is the case, it would be easier for us to track these with the separate, individual RFEs. These RFEs are:
    * RFE 36974 - Change behaviour of TAB-key for /free lines (
    * RFE 45610 - Using Error List should highlight the item in error, not select (

    Please reply on whether you agree that:
    1. The "eclipse" LPEX editor profile introduced in v9.0 hits your request for an LPEX profile that behaves more like other Eclipse editors.
    2. RFE 36974 covers your request regarding TAB-key behaviour in /free lines.
    3. RFE 45610 should cover your concerns about selection, with the assumption that selection behaves more Eclipse-like in all other situations (only behaves inappropriately from the Error List).

    If you agree, then I will close this RFE so we can track the individual parts in the other 2 RFEs.

  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2014

    This RFE is consistent with our strategy and product roadmap and IBM is continuing to evaluate.