development cycle of an AutoLISP application or routine, the
AutoLISP user performs a number of operations that are not
available within the AutoCAD software. Some of these
operationsâ€”like text editingâ€”are available with other software
tools. Others, such as full AutoLISP source-level debugging, are
introduced only with VLISP. In VLISP, you perform most of the
necessary operations inside a single environment. This permits text
editing, program debugging, and interaction with AutoCAD and other
are components of the Visual LISP IDE:
Syntax Checker recognizes erroneous AutoLISP constructs and
improper arguments in calls to built-in functions.
File Compiler improves the execution speed and provides a
secure and efficient delivery platform.
Source Debugger, designed specifically for AutoLISP, supports
stepping through AutoLISP source code in one window while
simultaneously displaying the results of code execution in an
AutoCAD drawing window.
Text File Editor uses AutoLISP and DCL color coding, as well as
other AutoLISP syntax support features.
AutoLISP Formatter restructures programs into an easily
Comprehensive Inspect and Watch features provide convenient
access to variable and expression values for data structure
browsing and modification. These features may be used to explore
AutoLISP data and AutoCAD drawing entities.
Context-sensitive Help provides information for AutoLISP
functions and a powerful Apropos feature for symbol name
Project Management system makes it easy to maintain
Compiled AutoLISP files are packaged into a single module.
Desktop Save and Restore capabilities preserve and reuse the
windowing environment from any VLISP session.
Intelligent Console window introduces a new level of
convenience and efficiency for AutoLISP users. The basic functions
of the Console correspond to the AutoCAD Text Screen functions and
provide a number of interactive features, such as history scrolling
and full-input line editing.