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[Chicken-users] SciTE

From: Brandon J. Van Every
Subject: [Chicken-users] SciTE
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 22:12:17 -0800
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felix winkelmann wrote:
On 12/10/06, Brandon J. Van Every <address@hidden> wrote:

I've discovered Scintilla / SciTE.  It's way
smaller and claims to have some Scheme support already.  Reading what /
how I could configure it is just 1 long webpage.  MinGW appears to be
working out of the box.  Most importantly, it's a popular and mature
open source project.  Plus it's MIT licensed.

Well, please keep us up to date. I've never used it, but know people who
think very high of it. It'd be interesting to know more and perhaps document
whatever you think is worth for other users to know.

It just flunked out-of-the-box ease-of-use. In C/C++ mode the default 'indent' command tries to invoke a program called 'astyle', and since it isn't installed, nothing happens. So, I read the docs and learned that 'astyle' is an external code formatter. I downloaded and installed it. Now when I type 'indent', the file is changed externally, and is not reflected in my actual editing window. I find this lame. I'm now reading mailing list entries about whether the behavior I want is possible - that is, just indent when I tell it to, and show the results immediately. But IMNSO an editor should already do this out-of-the-box with no special futzing. Broken indenting is the reason I ditched XEmacs in the first place!

SciTE is still simpler than XEmacs, both in terms of documentation and code size, so I'm not giving up yet.

Brandon Van Every

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