At 01:48 PM 7/9/2006, you wrote:
>----- Original Message ----- From: "mos" <mos99@stripped>
>Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 1:35 PM
>Subject: How to look for balanced parenthesis?
>>I have a complicated SQL statement with around a dozen
>>"if(this,val1,val2)" embedded in it and there are even nested If clauses.
>>I'm getting syntax errors because I'm not balancing the "( )" properly.
>>Is there any free software out there for Windows that I can copy and
>>paste the SQL statement into that will show me where the parenthesis are
>>unbalanced? It doesn't have to know about SQL, I just to either highlight
>>the parenthesis range or find out when the parenthesis become out of sync.
>I'm going to give you one answer that you almost certainly won't like:
>Eclipse. Eclipse is an IDE for developing programs, especially Java, and
>it has a parenthesis matcher which also handles braces and square
>brackets. Installing Eclipse solely for the bracket matcher is a bit like
>using atomic weapons to kill mosquitos but if you were going to develop
>applications anyway and wanted a great IDE, it might be the answer to your
>problem. It's free by the way. You can get it at http://eclipse.org.
That's ok, our provincial bird is the mosquito and we need all the weapons
we can get.<bg>
I was going to try eclipse anyways for another project I'm going to start.
Some people like eclipse, others hate it because it crashes a lot.
>Another editor that can also match brackets is PFE, Programmer's File
>Editor. It's also free and is a good editor. You can find it many places,
>including http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/steveb/cpaap/pfe/pfefiles.htm. It
>only runs on Windows though.
>Another decent little editor that has the feature is TextPad. It's also
>free and can be found at http://www.textpad.com/.
>There are probably more basic editors out there that have bracket matchers
>but I can't name any for you. I'm not even sure what the feature you want
>is supposed to be called: "bracket matcher", "parenthesis balancer", or
>whatever. It's getting to be a pretty standard feature in editors in
>recent years, although it doesn't seem to be in NotePad or WordPad.
Thanks for the list of editors. I'm surprised my version of Notetab pro
doesn't have bracket matching. I may need to upgrade.