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Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:39 pm Change Time Zone

Hi -
For ECL IDE users that don't have access to the internet -
Is there a way to copy the ECL Language Reference (and other) pdf's so that ECL IDE can bring those up from the "Help" dropdown? (Maybe copying them to the same location that "Download..." would use?)
Thanks.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:30 am Change Time Zone

jwilt,

In the ECL IDE, all you need to do is place your insertion point cursor on the keyword you want to know about and press F1. This will automatically bring up the topic for that keyword from the IDE's compiled help file (.chm). That help file contains the entire ECL Language Reference, Programmer's Guide, and Standard Library Reference books. This help file is part of the IDE installation and each new updated IDE installation always contains a help file with the latest release of these docs.

You can download the PDFs separately from the website (for printing or reading on the computer), but the IDE's F1 key will only pull up topics from its help file. And for the Eclipse users, we also have these same docs in Eclipse help format.

HTH,

Richard
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Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:41 am Change Time Zone

Thanks, Richard.
We're aware of the F1 Help pages, and look forward to using them in the future. We'd like to use the old-style PDFs for a while, yet, as we migrate from legacy to HPCC - in part, because the Help files are (subtly?) different from legacy.
This would be temporary, until we fully move to HPCC.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:39 am Change Time Zone

Jim,

No, the help files are not subtly different from the legacy 702 but very different, partly due to the fundamental differences between the legacy and Open Source versions of ECL, but also due to the fact that your 702 docs are now three years out of date, and many improvements have been made to the language in the interim. Welcome to present time! :)

Richard
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Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:06 am Change Time Zone

Right, understood.
All that aside, the reality is that's our situation. It will change when it changes.
Welcome to reality time! :-D
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