[IPython-dev] wildcard feature
Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu
Mon Sep 12 02:01:29 CDT 2005
Ville Vainio wrote:
> On 9/11/05, Jörgen Stenarson <jorgen.stenarson at bostream.nu> wrote:
>>I have now worked on Fernando's suggestions and I have a working (with
>>my limited testing) implementation. I have made a quick hack to insert
>>the functionality to work with ?. This should probably be modified to
>>conform to the IPython general design philosophy.
> Is it really necessary to use the "?" character, instead of a magic
> function? "?" is a bit too "special" IMO, when a more generic solution
> would suffice. I recognize the value of the similarity with matlab,
> but perhaps we shouldn't add too many special prefixes...
Well, the way I see it, ? is already there for finding information about
objects. This seems like a quite natural extension: when you don't know the
actual name of an object, this can help you find it. For example, this
(mockup) use looks very natural to me:
... plotfoo plots foos very nicely...
While the above case is probably best handled with plain TAB completion, for
cases where the unknown part is at the beginning of a name, TAB won't help you.
So it doesn't feel to me like introducing anything new (? is already a special
prefix, it has been since ipython was born). Rather, it's an extension to the
functionality of '?' which seems fairly natural to me.
ps - Ville, what came out of your win32 experiments? I'd forgotten to ping
you again on that, sorry...
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