[wingide-users] Word completion and refactoring support
geoff.bache at jeppesen.com
Tue Jul 3 14:13:58 MDT 2007
I've recently been trying out Wing (and a couple of other IDEs) after
many years of developing in emacs. It seems a stable and solid product
(unlike e.g. Komodo!) However, it's yet to convince me that it's a clear
gain over emacs. I noted the following:
(1) I miss the emacs "word completion" feature a lot. (Autocomplete
words found in open files irrespective of whether they are correct
syntax or not)
Am I correct in thinking Wing has no support for this?
(2) I was hoping autocompletion or refactoring support would make up for
this, but it seems the autocompletion only has scope of one method,
which limits its usefulness. For example, consider this method:
def method(self, param1):
list = 
val = self.otherMethod(param1)
If I append to this method, I will get a drop-down list of methods for
"self" and "list" here (or any modules I might use), but not
for "param1" or "val", even if the type of these is totally obvious from
adjoining methods in the same class. Is this to be expected?
In practice this means I get much more help in typing from emacs than I
do from Wing.
(3) Reading the list of feature additions in Wing 3.0 made it seem to me
like the bulk of the effort is being put into improving the
debugger. To me this seems a shame when more and more people are moving
away from using debuggers towards driving development
with tests. Personally I would far rather spend my time writing
automated tests or improving system logging than running a debugger:
stay with the system, whereas debugging sessions are transient. My
debugging session now is not going to help any other developer of the
nor is it going to help me a few months from now.
In contrast, eveyone needs a slick editor: in fact I'd have thought
that's the main point of an IDE for most people. Improving auto-completion
and introducing decent refactoring support would likely move Wing ahead
of the competition. For example, the open source Bicycle Repair Man project
could be revived and integrated...
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