[IPython-dev] Ace versus CodeMirror
Mon Jan 23 12:46:05 CST 2012
On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM, Fernando Perez <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 22, 2012 at 1:56 PM, Brian Granger <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Some questions:
>> * Is Ace really that much better that it is worth us shipping/using it?
>> * Do people like the ability to edit a single cell in a
>> more-full-window capacity?
>> Please check out the Ace capabilty in master and let us know what you think...
> There are some limitations of CM that make it really painful for
> editing longer cells:
> - inability to rigidly indent/dedent whole blocks. This is a killer
> for refactoring just about anything.
Based on some of the responses we have gotten, I think we are
configuring the notebook so that this doesn't work. I will play
around with the config to see if I can get this to work.
> - no indentation support (not even soft-tabs) inside docstrings.
> Typing eight spaces at the beginning of each line in a method
> docstring is ridiculously annoying. I just type them in emacs and
> paste them back in.
Yes, this is likely a problem with the python mode. It is very likely
it can be fixed.
> - no search and replace: also killer for refactoring.
> These are the big ones for me, so I'm +1 on including Ace.
There is a search and replace demo for CM here:
Fernando, if we can fix these things, are you open to using CodeMirror
always? Would you still want the ability to do the full-window-like
> There's also the fact that in teaching/workshops, we often struggle
> with the question of 'what editor should I use along with ipython'.
> Once Ace is available, we can simply tell people to use it for editing
> also their python scripts, all within the ipython workflow. This may
> not be the long-term solution they want if they become full-time
> users, but when you only have a day or two to teach a group some
> basics, having ipython provide them a complete solution out of the box
> would be great, I think.
Brian E. Granger
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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