Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Nine Billion Names of God” is one of my all-time favorite Sci-Fi short stories. (Spoiler Alert) To oversimplify the plot, Tibetan monks hire some computer engineers to put together a system that will print out all the 9 billion names of God, speeding up centuries of effort. Their belief is that after this task is complete, mankind’s purpose on Earth will be fulfilled.

And while my goals are not quite so lofty, I felt it important to demonstrate all the varied ways you can perform searches in SlickEdit. No promises that it’ll save you centuries of effort, but you may learn a few new tricks.

Please note that SlickEdit is a multi-platform, multi-language editor. This recording was done on Mac OS X, which is only one of the 9 platforms options that SlickEdit offers. View all available platform options here