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IDE code editor enhancement:
You have code like abcd } efgh ijkl
and you want to move the curly bracket down past the ijkl.
Or: You have code like abcd) efgh ijkl
and you want to move the closing parenthesis past the ijkl.
You are standing on the space past the abcd. Click the
alt+ctrl+rightArrow it skips to the first letter after the
parenthesis/bracket/semicolon. A second press moves on past
Shift+rightArrow or Ctrl+Shift+rightArrow as usual to mark. now
alt+ctrl+leftArrow cuts the marked text, goes back to the place
you where at when beginning the action, and paste-inserts it
The text is initially newly formatted (with indentation, new
line and all) but a ctrl+z will bring it to unformatted. A second
ctrl+z will undo the whole action.
A list of text editors
A long list of text editors [popbottle, Aug 24 2015]
||Seems as if a fairly simple key macro could accomplish this.
My favorite editor with macros is b (brief) by underware.
||Linux has an editor called "nano" that can delete 1 line
at a time with a control-key stroke. Multiples of that
yield multiple lines deleted. Another control-key stroke
can restore all the deleted lines at once --and if you
have moved the cursor to a different place in the text,
that is the place where the restoration happens.
||I do understand that you are looking for a finer degree
of text-moving than that, but so many editors have
been around for so long, that it is difficult to think what
you want hasn't been implemented somewhere.
||It's likely that what you're suggesting has already been
baked, somewhere, since many text editors offer
extensibility so you can add your own keystroke shortcuts
to do whatever you like, including finding the previous
trigger character and marking it as the start of something,
then finding the next trigger character and marking it as
the end of something, then cutting that something, then
finding the required target position and pasting something
in. The smart ones even have access to the whole of your
machine and the internet, so they could theoretically
order up a freelance coder in Chennai to do the find-mark-
cut-move-paste operation for you. How far do you want to
go with this new shortcut?
||By the way, I hate this idea. There are already more
keystroke shortcuts in my preferred editor than I can