10 Reasons You Should Use an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for OpenVMS Development

Integrated Development Environment.  Chances are you are familiar with the term but have you ever thought about using an IDE for OpenVMS development?  Consider NXTware Remote, the industry’s first Eclipse tool designed especially for OpenVMS.  The NXTware Remote IDE automates time-consuming tasks and makes developers with little-to-no OpenVMS experience more productive and comfortable—without extensive training.  The result?  Increased productivity for IT organizations and the flexibility they need to better manage resources across departments and skill sets.

There are many reasons why you should use an IDE for OpenVMS Development.  Here are 10 we think you will find useful:

1. Parsing

Using the parsing function, source code can be divided into sections.  This makes navigation between sections easy.  Instead of searching for a name, you can press the section name on the outline tab. Parsing also enables you to sort section names alphabetically.

2. Syntax Highlighting

Syntax highlighting allows you to emphasize certain words with a different color or font style.

3. Source Code Templates

Instead of writing the same programs numerous times, you can define common source code templates once a program is completed.  Input, constant and cursor position variables can be added to a source code template.

4. Search & Replace

This function allows you to search for and replace text on different levels including workspace, a set of chosen components, current project or current file.  The results are displayed on the search view and you click on the name to access the results.  In addition, in the search scope, the match text will be highlighted on all of the files.


With the bookmark function, you can mark a single file or a single line inside a file.  All of the defined bookmarks are then displayed in the Bookmarks view.

6. Content Assist

Content assist enables auto completion of reserved words or local variables when you write the prefix of the word and press Ctrl+ Space key.  In addition to shortening the time it takes to type and the overall development process, user templates for auto completion can be defined to ease up the development process.

7. Mirror Files

The mirror file function allows you to open a file several times in the same editor.  The open files are synchronized so you can work on different parts of the same file simultaneously.

8. Editor Preferences

Editor preferences are a set of menus that allow you to control the configuration and visualization of the current editor.  Different file types can be associated with different editors.

9. Macros

The macro plug-in component enables you to record a set of operations completed on the editor and then repeat the operations as needed.  The recorded operation set can also be saved for you to use later.

10. Keyboard Shortcuts

Shorten the editing process with keyboard shortcuts.  The shortcuts can be viewed or defined for common editor operations.

The next time you need to develop on OpenVMS, consider using an IDE.

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