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There are some standard procedures for incorporating text windows in a view of one's own, which are probably best obtained by copying them from a program which already has them, making appropriate changes in file names, storage arrays, and options. Lacking examples or desiring better information, the book of Garfinkel and Mahoney [3] can be consulted. The tricky aspect of the process is that files have to be opened on at least two levels, first in the MACH or C level, and then again on the NeXTSTEP level; correspondingly they must be closed in stages, running along in reverse order.

Figure 3: The REC/C main window, which contains the REC directory, a program definition area, and a viewer for the resulting construction.
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Any file manipulation should be connected to the item ``Document'' in the program's menu, which can be seen in Figure 6, so as to preserve the uniformity in appearance of NeXTSTEP programs.

All text fields are automatically connected to an editor. Besides performing the expected functions of inserting, deleting, and searching, they can share information with other programs through a buffer called the pasteboard. It communicates with editors running in other windows or even from different programs. Besides responding to the keyboard, editing can be accomplished by selecting options in the ``Edit'' item on the main menu, once having wiped the editing I-beam cursor over a portion of text.

If the ``Services'' item has been incorporated in a program menu (which has not been done in REC/C ), it is possible to have still more elaborate communication between programs, passing selected text either as data or as program instructions.

Of course, there is no reason that a REC program cannot be placed in some file using the editor the regular way, and subsequently executed. The advantage in editing from the REC program itself is that the code can be tested immediately, and saved only after it is performing satisfactorily.

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