Common LispWorks User Guide, Liquid Common Lisp Version 5.0
3 Common Features The environment has been designed so that its features and tools are identical throughout. All tools have certain characteristics which look the same, and behave in a consistent manner. By making as many common features as possible, learning how to use each tool is much simpler.
Chapter 2, "A Short Tutorial", introduced you to some of the major tools in the environment, demonstrating the commonality and high integration between them, and showing how this can be used to good effect in the development process. This chapter describes these common features in more detail.
Most of the common features in the environment can be found under four menus: the Works, History, Edit, and File menus. The first three of these are available in all tools, and the last is available in all tools which can interact directly with files stored on your hard disk. Using the commands available under these menus you can:
In addition, some other conventions have been adopted throughout the environment:
- move to any other tool
- cut, copy or paste via the clipboard
- perform search and replace operations
- re-issue a previous command, or re-examine an object
- perform operations such as loading and saving files
These features are described in full in this chapter. Please note that subsequent descriptions of individual tools in the environment do not include a description of these menus, unless a feature specific to the individual tool is described.
- All tools have a number of different views -- ways of displaying information -- available from a Views menu.
- Lists displayed in many tools can be filtered in order to hide redundant on uninteresting information.
Online help is also available from the Help menu in any window. These facilities are described in Chapter 4, "Getting Help".
Many tools allow you to display information in the form of a graph. These graph views behave consistently throughout the environment, and a description of the graph features offered is given in Chapter 5, "Manipulating Graphs".
- 3.1 - Loading and displaying tools
- 3.2 - Using electronic mail
- 3.3 - Quitting the environment
- 3.4 - Performing editing functions
- 3.5 - The history list
- 3.6 - Operating on files
- 3.7 - Displaying packages
- 3.8 - Performing operations on selected objects
- 3.9 - Using different views
- 3.10 - Tracing symbols from tools
- 3.11 - Linking tools together
- 3.12 - Filtering information
- 3.13 - Examining the window itself
Common LispWorks User Guide, Liquid Common Lisp Version 5.0 - 18 OCT 1996
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