Like many PICK developers, you may have come to rely on the AccuTerm WED Editor for your development. When I added WED as a feature to AccuTerm back in 2000, I could never have anticipated the level of adoption we’d achieve. I continue to be honored by your passion and commitment to AccuTerm and WED.
At the same time, we all know that we need to “ready” our PICK applications for the next generation of developers. That’s why I am very excited to share a new integration that we just finished for Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code. My hope is that you can begin testing and provide us with your feedback.
By way of background, VS Code is a free mainstream editor from Microsoft that already has something like 5M users – it is growing like wildfire. I like it because it is full-featured, open source and it runs on every platform – Mac, Linux & Windows. And it has thousands of extensions, many developed by the community, to make your job as a developer easier.
You may recall that Zumasys and OnGroup collaborated earlier in the year to support MV Basic as a language extension in VS Code – this was a community effort and MV Basic works with everybody’s flavor of MultiValue.
That was the first step.
What we’ve done today is connect VS Code back to Pick using AccuTerm as its pipe. With this new feature, we enable VS Code to read and write files from Pick just like you do with the WED Editor. If you are using WED it’s just a matter of changing the command from “WED” to “VSCODE” and you are editing it in VS Code!
This is a very exciting feature for new and existing developers working on your PICK application. Best of all, we have made it available for free on both AccuTerm 7 and AccuTerm 8, although the experience will be much richer on AccuTerm 8.
To help you get up to speed as quickly as possible, we have set up a “WED Video Conference” for Thursday, April 16th at 11 am Pacific Time.
Mike Wright and I will be doing this live, it will be interactive and we plan to show screen share instructions. The goal of joining by video is to keep us all feeling connected.
*Please note this video chat will be limited to 99 attendees but we will record it for replay.
In order to get started you’ll need to have the latest versions of AccuTerm, Visual Studio Code and the MV Basic Extension. Once you’re up to date, you can follow the MV Basic documentation regarding Connecting to a MultiValue Server to use AccuTerm as your connector.
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If you are looking for the VSCode add-on for AccuTerm 7, it is available on the downloads page, but you need to know where to look. Scroll to the middle of the downloads page, click the AccuTerm tab under All Downloads, expand the Windows section under Miscellaneous. Its called “v 188.8.131.52”. Sorry about the obscure placement – we are working on better organization of this page.
Check out our series of AccuTerm 8 how-to videos here.
Because we exceeded 99 registrants in the first video conference, your registration will be for the second “WED Video Conference” on Thursday, April 16th at 1pm Pacific Time.