Re: This is cute.

Tom Anderson <>
Sat, 7 May 2011 13:00:22 +0100
On Sat, 7 May 2011, Susan Calvin wrote:

On Sat, 07 May 2011 04:26:11 -0400, Lew wrote:

I hate to tell you this, but the code DOES wrap in the NetBeans editor,
at least since NB 3. Sometimes you have to hit the Alt-Shift-F
keychord to format the source is all.

That's called a 'hard wrap'.

Fortunately it works the same as Eclipse. :-(

Eh what? You can manually reformat source, but it doesn't seem to break
long lines when you do so, and if you go typing past the little red line
it just keeps going, scrolling horizontally.

What's lacking there is called a 'soft wrap'.

AFAIK, Eclipse doesn't soft-wrap code. I don't think it soft-wraps
anything, actually. Soft wrapping is the norm in word processors, common
in text editors, and very rare in code editors. I suspect the reasons for
that are more cultural than practical.

I think i'd quite like soft wrapping in some situations, such editing
large XML files, and for comments in code - in fact, if an IDE could
soft-wrap block comments but nothing else, that would be superb.

Besides, why would they put "Word Wrap in Editor" in a new-features list
for version 7.0 if that feature wasn't actually new with that version?

Maybe they have British politicians writing the release notes. They don't
seem to see any problem with re-announcing an old policy as if it was
brand new.


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