Fastest Way to Open a File in IDE



I started to play with Wink, freeware software which can capture screens and makes very good flash demos. For the beginning I chose something very small - I'll show you how Go To Class works in NetBeans.

Go To Class is very useful if you want to open a file fast. The old, slow way is to go to the project explorer, search for your file inside project and then doubleclick to open it in editor. That's probably fine when you are working on small projects, but as the project grows you may have big tree hierarchy. You also may forget in which package is the class you want to edit (it won't happen to you because unlike me you have perfect memory ;-).

Instead of browsing the trees to find the java class you can open the file by invoking the Go To Class dialog (Alt-Shift-O). You just type in the name of the class - or even it's first letters. Then press enter and voila - there you go.


Click on screenshot for action!

Update: I've just added speech to the demo. It is completely out of sync with the flash demo and takes twice as much time. I need to find a way how to get the sound into the swf file, Wink doesn't support this. To play sound you need wav support in your browser. In Firefox this is done by Quicktime, it Internet Explorer it works out of box using Media Player (with controls). But you don't use IE, do you?

Update no.2: Woohooo! Speech is now integrated into the flash demo! Check it out. It will be much easier to explain NetBeans features with this.
Comments:

Thanks for the tip on Wink. Nice!

Posted by Aaron on duben 15, 2005 at 07:54 dop. CEST #

Yeah, it's a great software. I was surprised they give it for free even for business use.

Posted by Roman Strobl on duben 15, 2005 at 07:57 dop. CEST #

I am running Netbeans 6.5 on Apple Mac Os X. When I hit Alt-Shift-o nothing happens at all. Unfortunately, I am not a native Mac user, I just play one at work. Any ideas?

Posted by Bob Ruth on únor 27, 2009 at 03:30 odp. CET #

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