Navigation enhancements in ColdFusion Builder 2.0

Do you spend a lot of  time scrolling large files, just to find out the next function definition in place or to figure out the end\start of a tag? If your answer is YES, then why don’t you try the Navigation enhancements in ColdFusion Builder 2.0?
ColdFusion Builder comes to you with three types of Navigation enhancements:
-         Code Navigation
-         Smart Tab Navigation
-         Jumping to matching tag.

Code Navigation

Code Navigation is all about navigating to the next function definition in place. Imagine a CFC containing various cffunction tags. It is a time-consuming task to keep scrolling and keep an eye on the file to get to the next cffunction tag. ColdFusion Builder 2.0 provides a shortcut key CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN to navigate to the next function definition. And to navigate to the previous function definition, you can use the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + UP.

Code Navigation works in conditional statements as well. Consider an example of a cfif-cfelseif-cfelse conditional statement. If the cursor is placed, say at the start tag and if this particular conditional statement has several conditions in it, then on pressing the shortcut key, the next condition in place is highlighted. That is, on placing the cursor at the start of the cfif tag and pressing the shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN, the next cfelseif condition is highlighted.

Smart Tab Navigation

Smart Tab navigation is about navigating to the next attribute value. The shortcut key for this is CTRL + ]. On pressing the shortcut key, the next attribute value is highlighted. This works in script style code as well, wherein the function arguments are also highlighted.

Jump to matching tag

If you have several nested cfif tags, it becomes very difficult to find out the end of a particular cfif tag. ColdFusion Builder 2.0 provides the shortcut CTRL + ALT + M, which shifts the cursor position to end of the tag. If the cursor is placed at the end tag, then on pressing the same shortcut key the cursor position shifts to the start tag.

Summary:
  • Code Navigation - Navigate to the next function definition or the next condition. Shortcut- CTRL + SHIFT + DOWN \ UP.
  • Smart Tab Navigation - Navigate to the next attribute value or arguments (cfscript). Shortcut- CTRL + ] \ [.
  • Jump to matching tag - Jump to the start or end tag. Shortcut- CTRL + ALT + M.

    Comments

    1. Are there Mac equivalents? I couldn't find any key combinations that match what you've described.

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    2. CTRL is mapped to CMD.
      Code Navigation - CMD + SHIFT + DOWN\UP.
      Smart Tab Navigation - CMD + ]\[.
      Jump to matching tag - CMD + ALT + M.

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