[Pharo-dev] [Pharo-users] [ann] moldable editor - with expandable elements

Denis Kudriashov dionisiydk at gmail.com
Sat Aug 26 05:40:40 EDT 2017

This is really cool. It opens so many possibilities.

I imaging method editor where message sends can be expanded to implementors
just in place.

2017-08-26 1:03 GMT+02:00 Tudor Girba <tudor at tudorgirba.com>:

> Hi,
> We are really pleased to announce another major advancement in the
> development of the moldable editor, and most of it was enabled because of
> one new feature: expandable elements. We think this will impact
> significantly our day to day interactions.
> To exemplify what we mean, we will make use of two more alpha projects
> that we did not announce yet: GT Documenter (a set of documentation tools
> based on Pillar and GT Examples) and GT Mondrian (the graph visualization
> engine), both of which are being implemented in Bloc.
> Please take a look at the following pictures showing the documentation
> Pillar file that ships together with GT Mondrian. What stands out are the
> two embedded pictures. These are actually not pictures, but
> visualizations rendered live during the viewing of the document out of a
> referenced GT Example.
> Now, GT Examples are likely also new for most people. We introduced them a
> couple of years ago based on the original idea of Markus Gaelli. These are
> a kind of tests that return an object and that can be built out of other
> examples. The nice thing is that they are always executable and testable.
> So, of course, if you see the resulting object,  you can also see the code
> that created it, and if you see the code, you can even execute it live,
> right in place (notice the preview of the second snippet).
> Perhaps the most controversial part of GT Examples is that they offer a
> mechanism to define static dependencies via pragmas. Please, let’s leave
> this debate to another occasion, but please also notice that tools can use
> that static information to unfold the code of the referenced method (notice
> the nested code editors).
> A side note: if you look closer at the list with three items at the top of
> the Tutorial section, you will notice numbering next to #. That is actually
> syntax highlighting and so is the mechanism that embeds the expandable
> elements. It’s really cool.
> Taking step back, when we introduced the editor a few weeks ago, we called
> it moldable because we said we can make it take different shapes easily. GT
> Documenter with everything you see in the above screenshots has currently
> ~500 lines of code, and all this while still having an editor that is
> highly scalable.
> We think that Bloc and Brick will change dramatically face of Pharo and
> now we can start to get a glimpse of what is possible. For example, the use
> case presented above is more than a technical tool, and we think this will
> change both the way we write documentation and the way we consume it.
> All these will be presented at ESUG both during presentations and at the
> Innovation Awards competition. In the meantime, those that want to play
> with it can execute the following in both Pharo 6.1 and Pharo 7.0:
> Iceberg enableMetacelloIntegration: true.
> Metacello new
>    baseline: 'GToolkit';
>    repository: 'github://feenkcom/gtoolkit/src';
>    load.
> And then inspect:
> './pharo-local/iceberg/feenkcom/gtoolkit/doc/mondrian/index.pillar'
> asFileReference
> Cheers,
> The feenk team
> --
> www.tudorgirba.com
> www.feenk.com
> "Innovation comes in the least expected form.
> That is, if it is expected, it already happened."
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