[squeak-dev] open paren/brace/bracket...

Eliot Miranda eliot.miranda at gmail.com
Thu Apr 17 20:39:56 UTC 2014

On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM, Chris Muller <asqueaker at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Eliot Miranda <eliot.miranda at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> >    first, excuse the venting.  Who the %*&^$# decided to inflict the
> "always
> > type a matching open/close pair" when typing any of ( [ { etc on us?
>  Would
> > that person please consider commiting hara kiri?
> >
> > OK, now slightly calmer, I find it /exceedingly/ annoying.  Is this
> really
> > an appropriate default?    How does one turn it off?
> >
> >
> > The cases that send me up my *&%$^# tree are when I intend to add a
> single
> > one in front of some string when I go back to edit some text (e.g. add an
> > exception handler around some phrase).  Here, typing the pair *is just
> > broken*.  Doing it at the end of a text or at the end of line is
> defensible.
> > Doing it always IS F*&^%$*G BROKEN.
> Calm down, won't you?  If you need to add an exception handler around
> some phrase, why not just highlight the phrase and press Command+[ to
> surround it with brackets.

So do it *when there's an expression to enclose*, not every time you type
the character.

> Some people like to "edit text" and some people like to "edit
> expressions".  Personally, I find "editing text" pretty old-school,
> and a lot more tedious..

You know, one can type non-Smalltalk in SMalltalk (class comments, snippets
of HTML, angry messages to Squeak-dev), not just platonic Smalltalk.  And
the Auto-enclose crap doesn't help there.

Anyway, I can turn it off.  Hope no noobs will be equally irritated...
I still love you Chris,
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