Qedit for HP 3000

Qedit The full-screen editor for programmers:
  • Twenty-five Years on the HP 3000, Distributed Worldwide
  • Full Screen Editing with Cut-and-Paste
  • Powerful Command Mode Automates Editing Tasks
  • Tightly Integrated with MPE Operating System
  • Interfaces to Popular Tools and Compilers
  • Excellent Customer Support
  • Now Also on HP-UX

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Qedit Tips

All about line numbers!
Retain trailing spaces
Merging Lines Horizontally
Excluding Lines from Visual Display
Colcopy and Colmove Commands
List Lines in a Fileset
Combine MPEX and Qedit
Variable Substitution in Qedit
List Lines a Fileset
How to Fill Columns
Remove Trailing Blanks
Find either of two strings
Variable Count Items
How to Undo Mistakes
Check Comma-Delimited File
Regular Expressions
Repeating Commands
Word Processing Tips
Copy Same Block Many Times
Trailing Spaces to Leading Zeroes
Many More Qedit Tips

Qedit for MPE

After twenty years as Robelle's flagship product, Qedit is a feature-rich programmer's editor highly integrated with the HP 3000 operating system. Qedit provides everything a programmer needs to write COBOL, PowerHouse, and other programs in its integrated development environment.

Qedit consists of an easy-to-learn full-screen mode for interactive editing and a powerful command mode for batch editing. In full-screen mode, you can look at your source code a page at a time; use the function keys and the command line to navigate through your file easily; perform cut-and-paste functions; split and splice lines, etc. Qedit's powerful command mode allows you to edit files in batch jobs and automate your editing tasks.

Qedit boosts programmer productivity with an integrated development environment that you can stay in all day! Within Qedit you can do virtually anything that you can do at the MPE prompt: compile and run programs, execute UDCs and command files, browse through spoolfiles and data files for strings and patterns, and much more. Qedit can even trap compiler syntax errors and display the offending source lines one at a time for easy editing.

"Qedit is wonderful. I live in it all the time. At home I have three of my terminal function keys defined as 'dial the office', 'hello', and 'run Qedit'." [Howard Robinson, CardKey Systems]

Why buy Qedit?

"Editor and Quad are free; why not use them?"

Let's face it, the MPE world is changing rapidly. New operating system releases every few months, changes to networking and data communications, new terminals and terminal emulators - it never stops. If you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing a dedicated team of programmers and support people stand behind the editor you use all day, then Qedit is for you.

At Robelle we never stop working on Qedit. Even as you read this, we are already working on next year's release by incorporating the many features and ideas that Qedit's thousands of demanding users have requested.

Qedit is easy to learn and comes with complete documentation: an easy-to-read user manual, full-text on-line Help, and a Windows Help file for your PC. Our design goals of reliability, compatibility, performance, and functionality make Qedit the obvious choice.

"Many good editors exist for the HP 3000, and a few excellent ones like Qedit from Robelle."
Stan Sieler, Allegro Consultants

Full-Screen with Cut-and-Paste

Use the full-screen mode of Qedit to develop and modify your source code. Editing is a breeze when you take advantage of Qedit's full-screen capabilities - look at your source code a page at a time; use the function keys and the command line to navigate through your file, and apply cut-and-paste functions to single lines or blocks of lines. The cut-and-paste functions allow you to move, copy, insert, and delete selections of text plus split and splice lines, format text, and more. You can even apply cut-and-paste operations across files.

Powerful Command Mode

Qedit's command mode allows you to edit files in batch jobs. Intelligent command files with parameter replacement and variable substitution even let you automate your editing tasks. Qedit's simple command syntax is easy to learn. If you are familiar with HP's Edit/3000, TDP/3000, or IBM's SPF editor, you already know Qedit's basic editing commands. Qedit also has powerful extensions that appeal to novices and experts alike.

"I have been using Qedit extensively to automate repetitive programming tasks using Qedit's command file feature. In particular, Qedit command files have been defined which greatly reduced the amount of time it took the Hospital to do its Year 2000 compliance programming. Qedit has significantly improved batch performance and increased programmer productivity."
George De Wolf, Middlesex Hospital

Stay in Qedit All Day

Qedit saves you time by providing you with an integrated development environment that you can stay in all day. In fact, the whole programming cycle can be accomplished from within Qedit which saves you time by avoiding the repetitious Keep-Exit-Compile-Edit-Text cycle. When you compile your current file from within Qedit, Qedit even traps compiler syntax errors and displays the offending source lines one at a time for easy editing. You can also run and test your program from within Qedit and easily return to the editing stage as required.

Within Qedit you can do everything that you do at the MPE prompt: run programs, execute UDCs and command files, use the Listredo command history, run POSIX applications, and change directories. In addition, you can quickly access suspended processes that are frequently used, let your command files access your PC, browse through spoolfiles and data files for strings and patterns, and much more. With all this functionality, most Qedit users go into Qedit first thing in the morning and stay there until it's time to log off!

Qedit is integrated with HP 3000 languages such as PowerHouse, COBOL, FORTRAN, Pascal, C, and SPLash! Link it with popular utilities such as MPEX, Reflection, Adager, and Robelle's Suprtool database handyman.

"Robelle, you all need to be recognized for your ability to continually produce world-class quality software. As many programmers have said in the past: 'They'll have to pry Qedit out of my cold, dead hands.'"
Pat Shugart, Oaksoft Consulting, Inc.

COBOL Programmers Love Qedit!

Productivity features for COBOL programmers:

Attention PowerHouse Users!

PowerHouse users are especially pleased with Qedit's capabilities:

Qedit is Fast

From the beginning Qedit was designed to consume the least amount of system resources and to perform as quickly as possible. You can use either regular editor files which you Text and Keep, or Qedit's own file format which gives you instant file access by eliminating the time-consuming Text and Keep steps. Quickly flip between files; Qedit remembers your last position in the file. Qedit files also save disc space, typically using only half the disc space of regular files.

Smart Search & Replace

With Qedit's powerful search and replace capabilities, you can search for all occurrences of a string and either make global changes or apply your changes over a selection of lines. Qedit will even find occurrences of the string in a Copylib or Include file related to the file you are working on. When performing a string search with Qedit, you have lots of "smart search" options. For example, searches can be defined to exclude embedded words, ignore case, search only particular columns, look for matching patterns, etc. Now Qedit supports regular expressions which gives you even more control in defining your search patterns and rearranging text within your files.

Your POSIX Editor

Most of the new technologies (e.g. Apache, Java, etc.) are implemented in the POSIX directory space. Qedit gives you a secure comfortable environment for working with these new technologies. From the same Qedit session, you can edit your MPE files and your POSIX files without running the POSIX shell. Qedit handles all types of files you are likely to encounter under POSIX: files with ACDs, files in nested directories, files with long filenames, and byte-stream format files. And just as you can run MPE applications from within Qedit, you can do the same with POSIX applications. Alternatively, if you are already in the POSIX shell, you can run Qedit from there and execute Qedit command files in POSIX directories.

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Famous Robelle Support

Robelle is renowned for support you can count on. You get fast, responsive help by telephone, fax or e-mail from Robelle's experts. Additionally, you are entitled to an enhanced version of the software once a year and a subscription to Robelle's popular newsletter, "What's Up DOCumentation?".

Migrating to HP-UX?

If you are migrating from MPE to HP-UX, we suggest you consider our the HP-UX version of Qedit. Same commands, same fast editing, same powerful functions. More information.