[Pharo-project] New Text Completion suggestions
astares at gmx.de
Thu Aug 23 09:20:08 CEST 2012
1. In Pharo if you expand a keyword message like #replaceAll:with:
the cursor is set already to the first argument (so one can continue
typing) but to enter the second argument one has to move left using
arrow keys "manually".
How often you have to move left is dependent on the size of the
second word part of the message selector. Why not just TAB to set
the cursor to the next argument.
2. What I also really miss compared to other IDE's for completion
are "custom completion templates". So in Eclipse by default
there is a "sysout" template. It's enough to write "sys"
and by expanding this ends up in
where the cursor is already between the double quotes
to continue typing.
The templates can be defined using placeholders and TAB
brings you to the next one to be filled out.
This video demonstrated this (at around 4:20):
3. AFAIK VisualWorks is modified to also have "non-Smalltalk" code
on methods - so you can store resources on methods and the
editor can be different depending on content type.
I would like to see Pharo having a similar feature to better
support non-Smalltalk content within the image.
So one can imagine a styled CSS editor for Seaside resources
with CSS tag completion, XML editor with completion depending
on XSL type definitions, SQL editor with completion, ...
Not that we should support all these completion types/grammars
but at least have an open framework to plugin such mechanisms
in custom editors/completions.
I know this is a lot of work ... but as a suggestion we should
discuss if this is a direction we want to go (or just have a
good Smalltalk editor/completion).
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