[Pharo-dev] Spotlight

phil at highoctane.be phil at highoctane.be
Fri May 16 06:03:14 EDT 2014

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM, Sven Van Caekenberghe <sven at stfx.eu>wrote:

> Cool !
> I haven't loaded your change set yet, but your ideas are good - I agree
> with all of them.

> Maybe it would be better to make the placement a setting (a bit like for
> the growl widget).

Yeah, sure. But this really came for a persistent annoyance when doing my
dev. Next in line are TWM window keybindings when I'll have time in order
to shuffle my windows left right and center with the keypad. There is
something wrong with accelerators and the equivalent of the OSX Cmd key on
the Linux VM. So, I'll not go in that hole right now.

> What I find annoying is that the shortest match is not always chosen, for
> example when you type String, the String class is not in the top matches,
> and you have to type a space before hitting return.

Yeah, same story with Dictionary that I had to look up a damn number of
places. But if you know the class, typing: Dictionary<Space><Enter> gets
you there. So, that's kind of a workaround.
That is in XXCompletion (OC, EC, well, I am lost there).

Have a nice day.


> On 16 May 2014, at 11:02, phil at highoctane.be wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > There are a couple of things that do get on my nerves with Spotlight,
> namely that it lists all kinds of symbols that have nothing to do in the
> search list,
> >
> > e.g. Globals (Display), old classes that aren't there anymore etc.
> >
> > that it is on the top right,making me look away from the code etc.
> > I want this in the middle of the screen, like in Eclipse for example.
> >
> > Also, if I type in Display, I'd like to inspect it right away (I know I
> can do that with :<expr> but still> as I forget it all the time, I've put a
> reminder in the box).
> >
> > Next, I do not want to search, I want to find, so, ghosttext changed
> accordingly.
> >
> > So, I had a look and changed it to be the way I wanted.
> >
> > It is much more usable that way as far as I am concerned.
> >
> > If you want to try this, just file in the attached change set or get
> https://gist.github.com/philippeback/f43447ec2bddcd3f9b84
> >
> > What would also nice it to be able to have the autocompletion list
> wider. Any idea on how to do just that? (yes, I have long class names...)
> >
> > Feedback welcome.
> >
> > Phil
> >
> > <Screenshot-13.png><Spotlight.st>
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