March 26, 2012 at 7:34 am #324623
I am evaluating MyEclipse. My background is >25 years in Smalltalk, thus I may be a bit spoiled regarding development tools.
What I am missing in MyEclipse and asking if that is available and if I overlooked it:
That would be the minimal prerequisite of any code management system that goes a little bit beyond an editor. I found nothing in MyEclise.
2) Detachable editor forms
It is extremely annoying, yet in the long run absolutely unacceptable to be unable to detach editor windows that that multiple views can be split over my monitors. Scrolling in my (relatively small source) files is a waste of time.
Honestly: Expecting one to work in ONE SINGLE undetachable window is just mad, sick, absolutely unrealistic.
FYI: In my Smalltalk development, not only I am (but every Smalltalker) accustomed to having typically between 30 and often more than 50 different views open at the same time and many are on the same classes or even methods. Of course, they are interralated through change events.
3) No split views
4) The copy/replace tool is extremely primitive
No way to exchange multi line text. I must use an external editor like EditPlius to achieve this. This is very poor for a huge tool like MyEclipse. (Not to mention Smalltalk, which can even do a lot more)
5) Any chance to include CoffeeScript
I would very much appreciate an answer if and where I have overlooked any feature of MyEclipse.
The only really positive thing I found so far is the ability to search for classes and methods. The way it’s implemented is stoneage state compared to the senders and implementers in any Smalltalk dev environments (since the mid-80-ies BTW) but still better than nothing or a plain text file search.
To be honest, at this moment after about one week of intensive use, I would decide against it and go back to my simple editor, which is faster, offers split views, much better replacing and I can use multiple instances in read-only mode to get simple multiple views detached from any ONE big window.
I just found out that the relatively unimportant Navigator (file list) form can be detached. Ok, nice, but why is that impossible for the editor windows?!
Detaching editor windows would be 100 times more important!
And this proves to me that it does work with your UI. So why are you forcing the user to have ONE view only open at any give time instead of distributing all needed views of the 2, 3 or 4 monitors that we work with?!
I can’t understand that decision to NOT make editor windows detachable!
PeterMarch 27, 2012 at 9:49 am #324697
2) Detachable editors and 3) Split views
If you right click the editor tab, you will see a “new Editor” option. You can use this to create a new editor for that same file and edit in both editors simultaneously. If you drag the editor tab to the edge of the window, it will tile accordingly. Changes made in one editor are reflected immediately in the other because the editor model is shared.
You could also use Window > New Window to create a new MyEclipse window entirely, which you could place on another monitor. Simultaneous editing is still possible, of course.
As far as detaching is concerned – views are different from editors, the Navigation view, Package Explorer, Console, etc. are views, not editors. Views can be detached, but editors cannot.
The good news is that MyEclipse 11 due in the second half of this year will be based on e4, and you will be able to detach editors in this version, just like you can detach views now.
4) Copy / replace support for multi-line text.
Could you please clarify this – do you want to search for text that spans multiple lines and then replace it with text that could also span several lines?
I’m afraid that this is the first request for CS that we’ve had – I’ll put that on our radar. If there is an external Eclipse plugin for CS, we could look at integrating that with MyEclipse or at least making sure MyEclipse is compatible with it. It will be some time before we can think of developing in-house support for this from the ground up (or requests for this must drastically increase).
There are also some hacks that you will be able to use right now to at least do some pre-processing on CS within MyEclipse, but I haven’t tried those out myself yet.
I hope this helps, let me know on #1 and #4.March 27, 2012 at 10:41 am #324699
Thank you for your reply and the good news!
Also, I had expected MyEclipse to be some kind of a code management system and part of this should also be a configuration tool (at least in a light version), which allows me to conditionally include other files into source files and to compile them (not in the sense of translating into binary code but in the original sense of French “compiler”, i.e. collecting them into one or a small series of files, which then go into a obfuscator and minifier [in my case]).
My goal is to split up much of the code into smaller chunks and to have the preprocessor collect them (to avoid the word compile) as defined in preprocessor directives into one or a small number of bigger files, which then make up the individual source for the given version and/or configuration.
2) Detached editor windows
Well, that feature is very well hidden! I never tried the menu item Window -> New Window. And to a certain degree I consider this to be an inconsistent UI design, because for the Navigator view there is a right mouse menu offering “Detached”. This is missing over the editor views. Thus I thought it’s not available.
Also, when I try to pick up an editor (rather “drag it”), it changes into its rectangular shape but I cannot drop it outside the underlying main window.
I therefore thought that detached editor windows were not available (which, of course, would have been a real disaster). I am glad to read that this is available. Since this feature is available, split views are not that important anymore.
4) Copy/replace multi-line text
First of all, the area to enter any data for copying and replacing is very small and limited to one line only. If you look at a relatively simple general editor like EditPlus (http://www.editplus.com), they are offering a much wider and multi-line editing field both for the copy and the replace values. Also, it is very useful to be able to immediately have access format entries when one wants to reuse something that had been entered a while ago. I did not find any similar feature in the overall much more editing of all MyEclipse.
In this respect, I want to give you a little hint of a small but extremely useful feature, that all Smalltalkers have been using for many years: an internal multi-item clipboard. See below.
Well, in the meantime I played a bit with CofeeScript and I am deeply impressed how useful and powerful this tool really is. As far as I can see, one could well enter the needed code in the MyEclipse editor. It would simply be marked to be erroneous but it should work in general.
6) New proposal: multi-item clipboard
this is an enormously powerful, yet extremely simple to implement feature in Smalltalk: by pressing Ctrl-Shift V, a selection pop-up window comes up with the last number (user changeable, in my case 50) entries into the clipboard. Having the clipboard limited just to the last entry is extremely cumbersome and often requires unnecessary typing.
PeterMarch 30, 2012 at 3:40 am #324815
I understand what you mean on the pre-processor front. So we have to pick a good JS framework which allows pre-processing and then build support for that into MyEclipse, so that MyEclipse can understand the JS code (some sort of include for instance)and can provide the right validation and content assist support.
If you find a pre-processing framework that works well, please let us know. We’ll be looking out as well. I believe jQuery has some support.
2) Detached Windows
I’m glad you find this useful, I agree that it may not be easy to find if you don’t know where to look. I didn’t know the “Detached” option even existed for the Navigator view.
In case you missed it in my last post, you might also find the “new Editor” option useful – you could have multiple editors for the same file in the same window (but text editors only, not the visual designers)
4) Multi-line find/replace
I understand your requirements. You can do a multi-line search and replace in Eclipse using regular expressions as shown below, but I understand it isn’t as convenient as a multiline text box; we’ll keep this in mind.
6) Multi-item clipboard
Before Eclipse I was an emacs user and enjoyed the fact that you could maintain a history of copied items. You could install a plugin that does allows this into MyEclipse – like more clipboard: http://sourceforge.net/projects/moreclipboard/ (I haven’t tried this myself). You could also install on your system an external clipboard manager (I use ditto) which keeps track of your copied content globally, not just in Eclipse.
Thanks again for the detailed feedback.
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