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Re: Guidelines for the "symbol" syntax class

From: Dmitry Gutov
Subject: Re: Guidelines for the "symbol" syntax class
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 03:18:45 +0200
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On 01/04/2016 03:13 AM, John Yates wrote:

Trying to jigger emacs' symbol notion to cover qualified names as provided
in contemporary languages is likely to be a source of  continuing complaints
and frustration.

I'm not trying to cover qualified names here. In many languages, it's impossible to find out the qualified name of the type or method at point without parsing the whole application with its dependencies (and sometimes you have to run it anyway).

As far as xref is concerned, qualified symbol names are currently an implementation detail: some backends might operate them under the covers, but the API stays ignorant.

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