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ABAP in Eclipse benefits from new platform features in Eclipse Neon

On June 22nd the Eclipse Foundation released the Neon release which is the newest version of the Eclipse platform. This release brings some nice new features that can directly be used in the ABAP Development Tools:

  • Word Wrap in Editors
    A long awaited feature finally made it into the platform: Lines in the text editor now can be wrapped to fit into the width of the editor. This is only done during display of the source code in the editor – the persistent formatting of the source code is not changed. This is turned off by default and can be toggled via a toolbar button or via the shortcut Alt+Shift+Y (Alt+Cmd+Y)/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/word_wrap_984522.png
  • Zoom Text Font
    In text editors, you can now increase and decrease the font size using Ctrl++ (Cmd++) and Ctrl+- (Cmd+-). This is a shortcut for changes in the General > Appearance > Colors and Fonts preference page – so these commands persistently change the font size.
    If you want to temporarily zoom into the text editor you can use a pinch gesture on your touchpad.
  • Automatic Save
    The content of unsaved editors can now automatically be saved after a given interval. This is turned off by default and can be enabled in the new autosave preference page (Preferences > General > Editors > Autosave)

More details about these features and also other new features can be found on Eclipse’s “New and Noteworthy” page.

These features are generically provided by the platform and all editors based on the platform (also the ADT editors) benefit from it. This demonstrates how the ABAP Development Tools benefit form the platform it is based on.

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