VA Assist Enterprise/S

If you have VA Smalltalk 7 or above, you already have this functionality. It has been incorporated into the product, and this page documents that functionality.

VA Assist for Smalltalk is a powerful add-on to VisualAge Smalltalk for Windows, OS/2 and Unix. It gives you much better control over your ENVY library management tasks. Maintaining Configuration Maps and Applications is greatly simplified with VA Assist for Smalltalk's powerful tools. VA Assist for Smalltalk will also allow you to build VisualAge Smalltalk applications far more easily and quickly with the VisualAge Composition Editor and code browsers.

VA Assist for Smalltalk streamlines most common editing operations and adds many time-saving features. VA Assist modernizes the look of all browser windows with icons, color and hover help. It also adds universal drag/drop to all browser windows as well as many new advanced config map management tools. Appropriate copy and move semantics are supported for dragging and dropping methods, classes, applications, categories, config maps, users, etc. in every conceivable direction. The advanced config map management tools allow you to quickly identify out of date configs and rapidly update them. Modified applications can be "released" into their containing config maps and the entire config map hierarchy can be updated in a single step. The release also supports auto-spell correction and dynamic spell checking. Instantly highlights any misspelled (or missing) message selectors (or globals) in red (or any error color you like via the color syntax configuration window). Common errors like "slef" are automatically corrected to "self".

Key Features

Browser & ENVY Enhancements

Browser & ENVY Enhancements

Composition Editor UI Assistant

Composition Editor UI Assistant

What's in the 6.0 Release?

UI Assistant

UI Assistant

VA Assist Pro UI Assistant shown in floating mode

Embedded UI Assistant

VA Assist Pro UI Assistant shown in embedded mode

Some of the Tools page features are Select All, Select All in Same Class, Bring to Front, Send to Back, and Inspect. The Settings page allows you to change many common part styles without needing to access the settings view. Style changes can be applied to multiple widgets simultaneously. The Layout page includes attachment styles that can be applied to one or more widgets with a single mouse click. Lock a group of widgets to the lower right corner of the window with one mouse click! The Size and Position page has a over dozen options such as Set Size and Position, Alignment, Move and Size by Pixel. The Links page gives you a dozen options for displaying and filtering displays of links. This lets you concentrate on just the event or attribute connections you're interested in. VA Assist for Smalltalk includes other commands too numerous to mention here — over 100 in all. Some of these commands replicate commands that are available in deeply nested menus under VisaulAge. Most of them are new to the VisualAge user. VA Assist for Smalltalk does not modify any Composition Editor code and has no effect on run-time code because it uses only existing protocols and accesses existing development time data structures in the same way the Composition Editor does. All features are completely integrated with the Composition Editor's undo/redo facility. VA Assist for Smalltalk can be easily enabled and disabled at any time.

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