----- Original Message -----
From: "Miles Thompson" <miles@stripped>
Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2006 8:10 PM
Subject: Re: How to look for balanced parenthesis?
> At 03:48 PM 7/9/2006, Rhino 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
>>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.
>>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.
> Eclipse can't edit files on the server, can it?
> I used to use UltraEdit, but then switched to EditPlus because it can edit
> remote files almost transparently. (Opening a file FTP's it down, you edit
> local copy, Saving FTP's it back.)
I really don't know if Eclipse can edit files on a server. My workspace is
on my local PC so I've never tried editing a file on a server.
I can certainly see that it would be convenient to be able to edit a file on
a server without having to manually transfer the file back and forth! But
Eclipse is pretty smart so I'd be a little surprised if they forced you to
transfer the file manually.
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