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Online Subscription Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.Online2912.00Register »
OnlineIC6.1.5Available 24 hours, 7 days a week.Online  2737.50Register »
Instructor LedIC6.1.725 Jul 2016 - 29 Jul 2016Cadence Austin > ES Training Room A140  Hrs3640.00Register »
Instructor LedIC6.1.712 Sep 2016 - 16 Sep 2016Cadence San Jose > ES Training Room SJ1240  Hrs3640.00Register »
Instructor LedIC6.1.6Scheduled upon demand 40  Hrs3640.00Express Interest »

Course ID:  ES_83018_IC6.1.7

"I loved everything about this class!"
Charwak Apte, Oracle

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Course Description

This course provides the foundation, concepts, and sample programs to build working SKILL® programs. It stresses the important SKILL functions that underlie the Cadence® Virtuoso® Design Environment. For each major group of SKILL functions, you complete a working program. The course also covers the improved SKILL IDE for debugging SKILL programs and the latest information about accessing example programs using Cadence Online Support. Additional solutions and examples for specific topics in the course are included.

This course incorporates a core-level introduction to SKILL programming in the first two days and then expands on that knowledge with more in-depth information, discussion, examples and programming exercises to make you a more proficient SKILL programmer. See the Objectives and Agenda below for details.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Locate SKILL examples on Cadence Online Support
  • Learn the role of the SKILL language in the Virtuoso Design Environment
  • Experiment with SKILL commands in the new, improved Command Interpreter Window
  • Master SKILL syntax, loop constructs, and conditional statements
  • Build and manipulate lists
  • Build, install, and manipulate windows, menus, toolbars and forms
  • Examine the design database model and implement SKILL queries and functions to create, access, and update data
  • Lookup technology file information
  • Define, develop, and debug SKILL functions and programs using the SKILL IDE
  • Read and write data to and from UNIX text files including table data
  • Implement an interface to external programs using SKILL inter-process communication
  • Use SKILL to automate setting design constraints
  • Compare the various kinds of SKILL data structures and implement examples of each
  • Learn how SKILL++ can be used to improve your programs

Software Used in This Course

  • Virtuoso Design Environment
  • SKILL Programming Language
  • SKILL Development Environment
  • Virtuoso Layout Suite L

Software Release(s)

  • IC 6.1.7

Course Agenda

Note that this course can be tailored to better meet your needscontact the Cadence training staff for specifics.

Day 1

  • SKILL fundamentals
  • Lists
  • Windows
  • Database queries

Day 2

  • Menus
  • Customization
  • Developing SKILL functions
  • Debugging using the SKILL IDE
  • Flow of control

Day 3

  • File I/O
  • SKILL Development Environment
  • List construction

Day 4

  • Data models
  • User interface

Day 5

  • Design constraints
  • Advanced customization
  • Data structures
  • Introduction to SKILL++ (Optional)


  • Inter-process communication
  • Debugging using the Command-line SKILL debugger
  • Additional SKILL Examples


  • Tool Integrators
  • CAD Developers
  • Cadence SKILL Programmers
  • System Administrators


Experience with or knowledge of another programming or scripting language is recommended but not required.

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