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What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 03 April 2020 - 03:23 PM

I'm currently in the process of getting better at android studio. I know the basics shortcuts. What are some features or plugins of your favorite editor that you could not imagine not using.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 03 April 2020 - 04:10 PM

Intellisense.
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Posted 03 April 2020 - 05:56 PM

Being able to just start typing and editting without first telling the editor to go into append, insert, or overwrite mode... Yes, I'm looking at you 'vi'. Imagine going into a chat room nowadays and saying "Breaker. Breaker." or "Roger."
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 03 April 2020 - 06:30 PM

I kind of dig modal editing - it's nice to be able to fly your editor like a fighter jet...

But if you want to use emacs instead, emacs is cool too...
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 04 April 2020 - 03:40 AM

Easy renaming across multiple files.

Breakpoints.

Navigation to member definitions/implementations.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 22 April 2020 - 06:41 PM

Typing code.
Refactorings.
A settings screen to turn off the more intrusive features.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 22 April 2020 - 11:07 PM

IntelliJ's column select mode is handy. I also like Emacs' ability to evaluate expressions in Lisp (OK, I'm really using this in CIDER for Clojure, rather than Emacs Lisp).
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 23 April 2020 - 07:14 AM

Probably my favorite single emacs feature is magit - integrating git interactions into the editor in a sane way is a Good Thing. But it's a pretty featureful editor, so my favorite varies from day to day.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 23 April 2020 - 11:59 AM

what modi said
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 23 April 2020 - 12:57 PM

Intellisense is a great feature, unless you know how to type. Then it's just a nuisance.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 23 April 2020 - 01:13 PM

Oh snap. Someone's been juicing the ol' snark today.


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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 23 April 2020 - 02:18 PM

Totally opposite of Jon here:

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 23 April 2020 - 09:14 AM, said:

Probably my favorite single emacs feature is magit - integrating git interactions into the editor in a sane way is a Good Thing. But it's a pretty featureful editor, so my favorite varies from day to day.


I actually never use git integrations in any editor. I just feel more comfortable using it on the command-line.

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Intellisense is a great feature, unless you know how to type. Then it's just a nuisance.


I have a rather respectable typing speed and I like having Intellisense available. For me, this is mostly about wanting to see the parameter list displayed, or maybe the documentation for a function, in a way that I can dismiss as I type. Definitely have some times where it gets in the way.

My favorite feature though is probably static analysis - not just stuff like "oh this is a type error or I can't find a variable with this name" but also signifiers that this import isn't used, or hey your compiler warns that this is error-prone, etc.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 23 April 2020 - 09:57 PM

I dunno, I guess I'm just no good at the man-machine synthesis, it just gets in the way of my flow. Kind of like a mouse-driven interface, I guess. I want things simple so I can get shit done. Autofill is complex and distracting and impedes that shit-getting-done for me.

I guess what I always hated about it was that it made me think about the mechanics of typing instead of about the code that I was writing. I want my editor to get the fuck out of the way, and auto-completion is the opposite of that for me. But whatever, to each their own.

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I have a rather respectable typing speed and I like having Intellisense available.


Hm. I would say that words per minute is not at all what I'm thinking about here.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 24 April 2020 - 05:59 AM

I don't disagree with your preference per se, and I can often be heard joking that IDE-addicts just autocomplete their way to a pull request :)

I also just find myself working in weird big enterprise-looking ecosystems and I like having the assistance of the IDE - honestly maybe it's more about reading code than writing it if I'm using it to access parameter lists and documentation. Lighttable had an interesting way of displaying this information on the side, and if I get a nice entry pane and a nice display, I could probably get the benefits I'm looking for without stuff getting in our way.
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Re: What's your favorite editor features?

Posted 24 April 2020 - 07:42 AM

I agree that it would be nice to have an easy way to look up certain documentation from the source code. And since I've thought about that idea, I'm sure that it already exists in emacs. I'll have to look. :)
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