Community Text Editor

With Pentaho 5.0, the repository went from a file-based master repository to a database one.  This has some advantages in that it’s typically easier to configure a single database in a clustered environment and point to that.  However, it has the downside, that modification of text and XML files in the repository have a slower development cycle:  edit, upload, test, repeat.

With the release of the Community Text Editor (CTE) that is no longer the case.  You can edit, and test in a highly iterative manner.  For example, I’ve been working on an action sequence (xaction) that’s in the repository.  I simply open it up in CTE, edit, and run.  I have the editor in one tab and the running action sequence in another.  Change, test, change, test.  Simple.

And lest you think it’s just a basic editor, think again.  It has syntax highlighting, undo, and even cmd-S to save.  It’s a very well done editor that I recommend any Pentaho developer have installed.  Check it out in the marketplace.