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Author: Logical Sky Corporation
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Version tested: HPC v2.2
Price: $29.95
: Editor and Programming
 Tested on
PDA: Jornada 720 US machine (but works also on Palm Sized and PocketPC)
CEdit is a color syntax highlighting editor for Windows CE. CEdit is designed for developers who need to work with their source code when they are away from their desks. CEdit is compatible with the Microsoft Visual Studio and eMbedded Visual Tools desktop project file formats, allowing you to open the desktop project file directly on your PDA so that you have quick and easy access to all of your source code. CEdit displays the project workspace folders on your PDA, so you can quickly open a project and access the code you are looking for.

This is the official description and maybe users that are not developers hesitate to try it, but this editor is also a powerful text editor which can open very large files (this is rare on a handheld and the other existing text editors are limited and often crash if the file is too large). I have been able to open a 4.3Mb file without any problem and I get a "out of memory" with a 4.7Mb, but the most important is that the program do not crash. This limitation depends on the available free memory of your device, so it may vary
You are not a developer, no problem use it for text editing and organize your files in a very convenient way (I will explain later how to do).
- Color syntax hilighting
- Project Files
- Find and Replace
- File Outline
 Documentation and help
Standard help file included which details the commands and functions.
 Working with the software
The program interface is common to  many other CE applications: the toolbar with its menu and the main window.

As explained in the description,
CEdit is a color syntax highlighting editor, this mean that depending on the kind of file which is opened, keywords are marked in a different color and the editor support and respect the indentation used when coding. Also, you can indent a group of lines by selecting a group of text and pressing TAB.
CEdit fully support these formats:
C++/C, HTML, Visual Basic, ASP, Java/JSP and Text as shown below.

C++ file

HTML file

Visual Basic file

ASP file

Java file

Text file

Source File and Project
The program allows to create or open source files (as in the examples above) or project files.
It is primarily targeting desktop Visual Studio 6.0 developers (.DSP files - Visual C++ or Visual Basic), but also CEdit project (.CSP files). There is a "sample.dsp" file included.

CEdit automaticaly recognize the different type of files included in the project and organize them in a very useful tree. Then simply select the file to open.

One another useful function is the creation of CEdit projects, this allow to quickly navigate through the files in any location. Lets take an example with .HTM files.

In the menu, select "New" then "Project" and give a name.

Once the project is created, simply select the files you wants to add. As you can see in the type box a lot of different formats are recognized.

Now your files are organized and you can create as many project you want.

Organize your files
What I really like with CEdit is the fact that I can organize my files in a very convenient way using the DSP structure (I won't describe this format, but simply show how it can be used using only a part of it).
Above we have created a CSP project with HTML files and we see a serie of files but not really organized. How to do that? Using Cedit and creating a new source file structured like this:

             # Begin Group "Links"
             # PROP Default_Filter "html;htm"

             # Begin Source File
              # End Source File

             # Begin Source File
             # End Source File

             # End Group

             # Begin Group "Data"
             # PROP Default_Filter "htm;html"

             # Begin Source File
             # End Source File

             # Begin Source File
             # End Source File

             # End Group

In this example, we have created two groups that must display a certain number of HTML files, but you can create as many groups you want containing different type of files and located in different folders.

This format is very easy to understand:
the # Begin Group contains the name which will be displayed
the # PROP Default_Filter contains the type of files that will be contained in the group
SOURCE= (between begin and end) contains the path and the name of the source file
the # End Group close the group

Then save this file with a .DSP extension and reopen it. Hey... well organized no?

Now up to you to organize your files.

The File Outline 
This command available under the "Tools" menu, creates a quick summary of all the functions and procedures of the opened file.

Very useful to navigate quickly through the file and also to see the name of the functions and procedures.

CEdit is a source code files editors and depending on the languages used, you must compile on your desktop computer, however, you can add menu items that allow to run external applications with some arguments. Useful with HTML files to display the result.
This is available under the "Tools" menu select the "Customize" function.

Give a name and the program to be launched. Then you can work in two ways: declaring a specific file in the "Arguments" box (see above) and only this file will be opened or using the "Prompt for Arguments" check box (see below) and you will be prompted to enter a path and a file name.

The "Working directory" box is optional.

Now you can use this new menu item to launch the declared program which will open with the specified file.

And if the "Prompt for Arguments" is check, then enter the path and name of the file that must be opened.

Other features
CEdit contains all the standard clipboard functions as cut, copy and paste, but also the resizing of the font, the "jump to line number", the usual search/replace functions with highlighting of the searched string and an undo.

Well... not so much, maybe the numbering of the lines on the left. Also the fact that when opening HTML files using dialog box, only .HTM files are seen and not .HTML files (but this can be done using the *.* filter, so...).

Very, very good editor for all users (not only developers). CEdit is fast, useful and powerful and even with large files it does not crash. So what to say more except that I recommended it.
JJJJJ  5 "J" on 5 because I really like it and find it useful.