Abby - Abbreviation expader

Abby is an add-in to Microsoft Developer Studio 97. It expands abbreviations like "abb" in good old vi.
For example, "w" can be expanded to:
    while () {
    }

Please send bug reports and suggestions to yonat@usa.net. Latest version available at http://www.kinetica.com/home/yon/4dev/.

Disclaimer:

This software is provided as-is. Don't blame me if it trashes your source files, your system, or your life.

Install/Uninstall

  1. Copy Abby.dll to you add-ins folder of Developer Studio:
    (c:\program files\devstudio\sharedide\addins
  2. Copy the *.abb files to your Windows folder (Sorry).
  3. In Developer Studio, go to the "Tools" menu and select "Customize...".
  4. Go to the "Add-ins and Macro Files" tab (the last one). Mark the checkbox next to "Abby" as checked, and click "Close".
  5. Developer Studio adds a new toolbar with the Abby button. You can move this button to another toolbar by pressing the Alt key while dragging the button.
To deactivate Abby, perform steps 3-4, but uncheck the checkbox next to Abby. To completely uninstall Abby:
  1. Exit Developer Studio.
  2. Delete Abby.dll from your Developer Studio add-ins folder.
  3. Delete the *.abb files from your Windows folder.

Usage

Type an abbreviation and press Ctrl+Shift+Space or click the Abby button. Abby will complete it for you.
To add or change the abbreviations, you will need to edit the abbreviations files. There is a separate abbreviations file for each language:
  • C.abb - C/C++
  • Java.abb - Java
  • VB.abb - Visual Basic
  • HTML.abb - HTML
  • None.abb - Everything else
All abbreviations files should be in the Windows folder.

Abbreviations File Format

An abbreviation file contains a series of abbreviations followed by their expansions. Each abbreviations is written in a single line, starting with "@@" and then the abbreviation itself. All the following lines (up to the next line starting with "@@") are the expansion.For example:
@@w
while () {
}
@@f
for (;;) {
}
You can specify where the cursor will be placed after the abbreviation is expanded by using typing "!!" in the desired position. For example:
@@w
while (!!) {
}
If you type "!!" in two positions, the entire text between them will be selected after the expansion. For example:
@@w
while (!!condition!!) {
}

Acknowledgements

Mark Bartosik helped me solve a nasty COM reference leak. Thanks Mark!

Download Abby - 20KB



Comments

  • New version 1.5 available

    Posted by Legacy on 12/25/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: Yonat Sharon

    You can get the new version from http://ootips.org/yonat/4dev/Abby15.zip

    It will only work for Visual C++ 6. If you had an older version installed, please remove all occurrences of "Abby" from the registry before installing.

    Reply
  • Problem in VC6

    Posted by Legacy on 08/09/1999 12:00am

    Originally posted by: shai

    The idea is greate!!!
    but when I try to follow the installation instructions I get a message : "unable to load this add-in because its server object failed to be created..."

    I'm using: VC6++, NT4(sp3).

    Reply
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