Smarter Cut-and-Paste for Programming Text Editors

CS-TR-00-4

Authors: Glen Wallace, Robert Biddle, Ewan Tempero
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The process of creating software involves many different tools, but the text editor is still one of the most important. Moreover, one of its basic facilities, cut-and-paste, still plays a critical role in enabling simple reuse. In this paper we explore how to improve cut-and-paste within text editors used for programming. We describe how programmers use cut-and-paste for reuse, and suggest the basic underlying principles. We then report on a prototype tool we developed to explore a set of techniques to provide better support for cut-and-paste.

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