[Kc] editors and IDEs (was: May Meeting)

Andrew Moore amoore at mooresystems.com
Wed May 7 10:29:04 PDT 2008

On Wed, May 07, 2008 at 03:58:26PM +0000, David Nicol wrote:
> the only thing
> that an IDE provides that would be a nice-to-have in gvim is flexible
> keyword completion
> that knows about the valid symbols available at any point.  Having
> this prevents cycles
> of compile/fix due to miscapitalizations, for instance.  That feature
> is really the I in IDE
> in my opinion, as the editing tool must know the language being
> written in well enough
> to provide the correct subset of available symbols in any context.

I use one of emacs's expansion features to complete things. It cycles
through all words in all open buffers to try to complete the word I'm
curently typing. It's not perfect since it makes lots of suggestions
that just don't make sense at that point and will miss method names
that I haven't defined or used in open files, but it's nice.

I think it will also use that TAGS or CTAGS business or whatever that
is. I've obviously never played with it.

I have used hooks in emacs to make it run the test suite when I M-x
compile, and stuff like that. It's nice, but I typically switch
windows and repeat the previous command instead.

not to start an editor war, but I've found that emacs makes a good
enough development environment for me. I suspect that's the same
experience that the (g)vi(m) crowd has had. The editors seem to be
"good enough" and making them better seems to be "real hard", so we're
stuck here for a while.


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