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Re: more on anything.el inclusion

From: Dan Nicolaescu
Subject: Re: more on anything.el inclusion
Date: Thu, 01 Jul 2010 04:36:26 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.1 (gnu/linux)

Thierry Volpiatto <address@hidden> writes:

> Dan Nicolaescu <address@hidden> writes:
>> Thierry Volpiatto <address@hidden> writes:
>>> Dan Nicolaescu <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> Actually installing anything is easy and work out of the box with only:
>>>>> (require 'anything-config)
>>>>> (require 'anything-match-plugin) ; facultatif
>>>> For packages included in emacs we try to avoid using require to
>>>> activate the package.  [I don't know anything about this particular
>>>> package, so...]
>>> A lot of autoload cookies are missing in anything-config, however, 
>>> (autoload 'anything-find-files "anything-config.el" "" t)
>>> is enough to enable anything.
>> That's the same as using require.  The preferred way is to do it with
>> a function call, or a mode.
>>>>> Anything is now self documented both in mode-line and with C-h m or your
>>>>> usual help command, but yes a manual would be nice.
>>>> Can you please add some brief description of what it actually does?
>>>> ;;;; anything.el --- open anything / QuickSilver-like candidate-selection 
>>>> framework
>>>> does not tell much...
>>> anything is a framework that allow to setup an interactive and
>>> incremental display to select candidate and provide diverses actions on
>>> it or many of them.
>>> Basically, you can see that as a big completing-read, but incremental
>>> with nice display, and providing differents action on candidate selected
>>> in collection.
>> And how do you use it?
> On the user side, if you use anything-config.el, there is already build
> in sources ready for use, so you can use provided functions like any
> other emacs one (e.g M-x anything-xfonts).

This is still hard to grasp...
Can you provide concrete examples of typical problems and how
anything.el solves them?

> For the developper who want to write his own anything source the best
> actually is to look at the sources wrote in anything-config.el.
> Basically, you run anything like that:
> (anything 'source)
> source is an alist that you can write like that:
> (Where name, candidates, action are anything attributes.
> You have a lot of attributes, for full info, use:
> M-x anything-describe-anything-attribute)
> (defvar mysource
>   '((name . "A simple example that open all file with extension .el")
>     (candidates . (lambda ()
>                    (loop for i in (directory-files default-directory)
>                       when (string= (file-name-extension i) "el")
>                       collect i)))
>     (action . (("Open file" . find-file)
>                ("Do something else" . (lambda (candidate)
>                                         ;; Write here something more
>                                         ;; useful than nil
>                                         nil))))))
> ;; [EVAL] (anything 'mysource)
> After evaluating line above to see if your new source work as expected,
> you can now define your new anything command:
> (defun my-new-anything-command ()
>   (interactive)
>   (anything 'mysource))
>> BTW, this might be obvious to you, but for people that have not used
>> the package is not.  Adding a few lines of describing what it does and
>> how to use it is very helpful.  [Please note that this has no relation
>> to getting this package included in emacs, this is just what a
>> potential user would like].
> -- 
> Thierry Volpiatto
> Gpg key: http://pgp.mit.edu/

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