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Performance Validator Help


The Editing tab allows you to configure which editor Performance Validator will use for editing source code.


The default settings are shown below:





Editing source code


From the Tools menu, or any of the data views in the main tabs, you can right click to edit the source code.


By default, source code is opened in a provided source code editor using syntax colouring, but you can change where you edit code via the drop-down list:




When choosing one of the editors listed, you can request a currently open instance (e.g. the same one you are using to develop your application), or to open a new instance.


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Editing with your preferred editor


We've all got our favourite editors! To use yours:


Select User defined editor from the list of options instructionStep enables the fields below


Enter the Editor path and filename or just Browse instructionStep choose the executable for your preferred editor




Now when you want to edit source code, that editor will be opened, but typically you'll need to specify some command line arguments with which to start the editor.



Starting your preferred editor with command line arguments


By default, just the file name is passed as a command line argument to the editor.


Depending on the editor, you may need to tailor the arguments, for example if you want the file scrolled to a particular line.


The arguments can be specified by adding them to the table provided, one at a time and in the order required


Add instructionStep adds a row to the Editor arguments table instructionStep select an argument Type from the following options




The possible arguments include:


(Space) Filename instructionStep appends a space followed by the filename

Filename instructionStep appends just the filename

(Space) Line Number instructionStep a space followed by the line number

Line Number instructionStep just the line number

Space instructionStep a space

(Space) Other instructionStep a space followed by the text typed in the Value column of the list

Other instructionStep just the text typed in the Value column of the list


note Only the Other options need an entry in the Value column.

note You will need to press Return after entering the value otherwise the entry won't get recognized.



The example below configures NotePad++ to edit a file at the required line using the -n switch




As you modify the arguments an example command line is shown below the list.



Managing the command line arguments


Edit a Type or Value by double clicking the entry. The usual controls apply for removing list items:


Remove instructionStep removes selected arguments in the list


Remove All instructionStep removes all arguments, clearing the list

Alternatively, press b_del to delete selected items, and b_ctrl + b_a to select all items in the list first.



Reset All - Resets all global settings, not just those on the current page.



Reset - Resets the settings on the current page.