I was working in Netbeans today and I came across something I have never seen before. I most likely saw it before but because it’s not very prominent on the screen my eyes must have glazed over it.
On the far right side of the screen you might see VERY little dashes. Here’s a screen shot what I am talking about.
I went an click on the first instance of a paragraph tag. Netbeans is smart enough to tell you where you make changes to other paragraph tags later on in the file. You can just click the dashes and Netbeans will take you to the particular item you clicked on. Please note the dashes aren’t lined up with actual line of code. While this might seem weird at first it actually makes sense. Netbeans wants to show you all the items on your screen. If it was lined up with each line you’d never be able to glance to the side to see how many items are in the page.
Another thing I need you to take notice of is there are two different icons.
- The top line icon is very thin with a small dot in the middle. This represents the item you currently have selected.
- The bottom line icon is thicker, light grey, and does not have a dot. This represents other items on the page that have variations of tag.
So why does this excite me so much? Well I am a very visual person. I like the fact that if I am having cascade issues I have a very easy way of finding similar items.