[wingide-users] Syntax highlighting for builtins?

Mike Driscoll mdriscoll at co.marshall.ia.us
Mon Jul 14 11:25:55 MDT 2008

Michael Foord wrote:
> <div class="moz-text-flowed" style="font-family: -moz-fixed">Wingware 
> Support wrote:
>> Mike Driscoll wrote:
>>> Are there any plans to add support for builtins then? Or is there a 
>>> plug-in that does this that some clever individual has created? I've 
>>> noticed this with other Python IDE's too and wondered why IDLE seems 
>>> to be the only popular one that includes builtin hightlighting. I 
>>> can't be the only one who cares about accidentally shadowing a builtin.
>> It's not been requested before, as far as I know, so isn't in our 
>> plans yet.
>> If you do shadow a builtin, it really doesn't matter unless you need 
>> to use the
>> builtin in the same scope.  In that case it's probably fairly obvious 
>> what's
>> going on.  For example, you could goto-definition on the name and 
>> Wing would
>> go to your shadow's point of definition.
> It isn't always obvious and it is an issue I have seen others encounter.
> Consider the following code inside the body of a method.
> for i in range(x):
>    do_something()
> .... more code
> range = GetRange()
> When executed, the *first* use of range blows up with an
> 'UnboundLocalError', since range is now an unbound local variable rather
> than a builtin. As the exception doesn't occur at the point of the
> problem it can be confusing if you don't know what is going on.
> FWIW, detecting builtin shadowing is one of the things we use PyLint for.
> Michael Foord

Thanks for that. This is similar to what I've seen on c.l.py from time 
to time, which is why I was hoping that Wingware had builtins 
highlighted too. I showed the Wingware IDE to my boss and he thinks it 
looks good too, but has reservations about buying it for himself because 
of the lack of builtin highlighting.


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