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Re: Is intellisense features integration in Emacs technically possible?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Is intellisense features integration in Emacs technically possible?
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 05:53:01 +0200

> From: Tom <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:58:21 +0000 (UTC)
> Eli Zaretskii <eliz <at> gnu.org> writes:
> > 
> > According to this logic something like the rewrite of the display
> > engine that happened between Emacs 20 and Emacs 21, or bidirectional
> > editing support for Emacs 24 would never have happened.  But it did.
> > Each one of these took many man-months of work.
> Yes, but I don't think their complexity is comparable to, for example,
> the Java support of Eclipse which has been continously developed
> for many years by a bunch of people. Repeating this effort is
> no small feat. 

The Emacs display engine is many tens of thousands of C code plus many
thousands of Lisp.  I'm quite sure rewriting all that is more than
would be needed for intellisense support.

> > Look at the amount of changes that get committed every day to the
> > Emacs repository, and try to estimate the effort that goes into that.
> > Sometimes I wish I had such resources at my disposal on my daytime
> > job.
> Yet, Emacs cannot provide the same level of language support like
> other tools for Java and C++, so it is apparent the language support
> part has not enough resources.

Like I said: lack of motivation, not lack of resources.

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