A Lisper asks, "Am I supposed to like Smalltalk?"
afunkyobject at yahoo.com
Wed May 17 18:00:54 UTC 2006
> As someone who really misses the flexibility of a flat file *and* IDE
navigation could you explain the benefits to me?
As someone who works in Java/eclipse every day, I find scrolling through the flat-files hard on my eyes and a total mess. The other thing that flat-file people seem to like are huge scrolling lists of packages, classes, methods, whatever. Isn't it easier to simply type a few letters of what you want and make the computer show you a narrow list of choices?
> Things I can't easily do now are:
> - Look at more than one method at the same.
Two browsers, side-by-side.
> - Edit more than one method at the same time.
Two browsers. Navigation within a single "text file" is just different keystrokes/mouse movements than navigation between windows, right?
> - Show how code is related by spatial relation to other code.
Not sure what this means..
> - Move around a class in a fuzzy way, e.g. Page Up/Down, Ctrl+End in
I assume you want to page up through the source and method declarations. I suppose you could file-out the class..
> - Look at class declaration stuff easily (is there or could there be
a key for this?). I'd just use Ctrl+Home in Windows to get to the top of
a Java file.
Command+h on the class pane.
> - Jump around the class method by method Ctrl+Shift+Down/Up in
Eclipse - Squeak might be able to do this?
Sure, just arrow up/down the list of methods..
> - Print out a class (though I haven't even tried this in Squeak)
File it out and print it.
> With regard to showing how code is related, has anyone looked into
multiple categories for methods? Less about saying what a method does
but more about what methods it's related to (so maybe not a category at
VisualAge does this. Its more complex and I don't think it added much value.
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