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Bug 29733 - Additional suggestion providers: editor keystrokes, help, i18n
Additional suggestion providers: editor keystrokes, help, i18n
Status: NEW
Product: editor
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Hints & Annotations
Sun All
: P2 with 1 vote (vote)
Assigned To: tasklist-issues@contrib
: I18N
Depends on:
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Reported: 2002-12-26 00:26 UTC by Torbjorn Norbye
Modified: 2007-03-05 21:24 UTC (History)
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Description Torbjorn Norbye 2002-12-26 00:26:52 UTC
It would be nice to have additional suggestion
modules which provide more suggestions to help the
user. Here are some ideas:

- javadoc.  Looks for errors in the javadoc
(missing javadoc on   public methods, or
incomplete javadoc (missing @param or @return,  
wrong name in @param, etc.)
- help. When the current node changes, and there
are help topics  
available, list them.
- editor keystrokes. Listens for keystrokes in the
editor, and compares them to the abbreviations
table. If for example it notices that you're tying
"S y s t e m . o u t . p r i n t l n ( " it should
add the tip "Next time, just type "sout " in the
editor and it will insert System.out.println("|");
!"    Likewise, it might notice you typing import
statements and telling you to use alt+shift+i, or
it might notice you commenting out a block by hand
and telling you how to use the comment-out
feature. etc.

The last module (editor keystrokes) is an example
of a module which tries to make our features
available to non-experts. There are tons of hidden
goodies in this IDE. If you for example are hand
editing serialVerUID fields, tell the user about
the serialver module. etc. etc. etc.
Comment 1 Torbjorn Norbye 2003-01-20 16:47:57 UTC
javadoc support has been added
Comment 2 Torbjorn Norbye 2003-02-17 21:49:49 UTC
An i18n module could warn you about string literals in your source
code not tagged with NOI18N. Check if that marker is a convention or
just a Sun/NetBeans thing.
Comment 3 Torbjorn Norbye 2003-02-21 05:56:06 UTC
This is an enhancement, not a task.
Comment 4 Torbjorn Norbye 2003-03-06 17:32:49 UTC
I took a quick stab at creating a Help provider, but ran into a
problem: I can obtain HelpCtx for nodes and topcomponents when
activated nodes etc. change, BUT, HelpCtx only has a single method -
showHelp. That's not what I want. I was hoping I would be able to
obtain a HelpSet from the HelpCtx so I can look up the help title or
something like that. But to do that I'll need do to a lot more work,
probably duplicating code in the Help module (and what's worse, I may
not be able to share the initialized helpsets so they'll be
initialized twice).

So I abandoned this work for now. If we're going to get some kind of
dynamic help display, I think we need improvements in the help api.
(Btw, I noticed that almost no nodes had interesting help ids
attached, so for this feature to be useful more help should be written
and attached to objects.)

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