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Offline frithjofh

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small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« on: September 16, 2016, 09:25:11 pm »
hi everybody,

I made a small patch to make the status bar of the main window show the current caret position besides the line number and column number.

patch file and screen shot attached.

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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2016, 12:36:47 am »
What is the purpose of this position?
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2016, 08:49:59 am »
it helps when writing code for searching tokens or parsing text. often such code uses indices into the text to identify starting points and ending points of tokens. having the caret position shown on status bar helps a lot when tracking and assuring the correct behaviour of such parsing code
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2016, 09:35:42 am »
it helps when writing code for searching tokens or parsing text. often such code uses indices into the text to identify starting points and ending points of tokens. having the caret position shown on status bar helps a lot when tracking and assuring the correct behaviour of such parsing code
For example, when developing CodeCompletion plugin, I often need the such position value. Maybe other plugin devs need this feature too.

But for a normal C::B user, does he need that feature?
« Last Edit: September 17, 2016, 11:03:40 am by ollydbg »
If some piece of memory should be reused, turn them to variables (or const variables).
If some piece of operations should be reused, turn them to functions.
If they happened together, then turn them to classes.

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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2016, 09:40:39 am »
i would not know... but the feature is very unobtrusive, and line number and column number are already there, equally useful or not to normal users
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2016, 11:04:49 am »
OK, and I have no objection about this change.  :)
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2016, 09:14:08 am »
it helps when writing code for searching tokens or parsing text. often such code uses indices into the text to identify starting points and ending points of tokens. having the caret position shown on status bar helps a lot when tracking and assuring the correct behaviour of such parsing code
But for a normal C::B user, does he need that feature?
Speaking as a normal user, not at all; but it isn't a hinder, either. So my opinion would be neutral.
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2017, 08:01:22 pm »
hello. as far as i can see, this patch hasn't been applied nor discarded... is it going to make into the codebase?
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2017, 08:56:55 am »
I've probably forgotten to apply it.
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2017, 05:27:37 pm »
In svn, thanks for the contribution.
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2017, 07:45:28 pm »
weird enough... a byte position usually used with binary files is useful enough for a C/C++ IDE, but a string (selection) length isn't even though it's hard to develop in C/C++ without it... (in a meaningful way without relying on strcpy(), std:: etc.)
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2017, 07:58:19 pm »
I don't understand your comment. Can you clarify what do you mean with it?

If you ask me I'd never use this position, so I can't comment on the usefulness of the feature.
There was a patch, the author reminded me, I've looked at it and I've committed it.
Your patch has not been rejected, so if you've reminded us we could have applied it first.

Now if your patch differs to the one applied in behaviour you'll need to provide a configuration option or negotiate with the patch author that your behaviour is better and provide a patch to change the behaviour.
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2017, 09:20:54 pm »
no.. my patch added a different kind of thing... yet it's now a merge conflict of course..
If there is a "configuration" option to add.. it would have to be a customizable as in a custom format string to be applied.. Which also means to have a meaningful default.

Also, I didn't try to neglect the use of a binary position, it's just that I wouldn't assume to edit binary files through an IDE... (and yes, those could be text files as well as with the CC example)

What might work as well, is different presets for the status bar row... like cycling through possible "sets" by clicking them...
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2017, 10:21:22 pm »
I don't think a custom format string is needed or worth it. Just make the most obvious combinations.

I'm not sure what is better - adding a button like the highlight language button or just adding a configuration option in the settings.
The buttons in the status bar are looking pretty bad when using wx3.x on linux (not sure what is the behaviour on windows). I'll have to investigate this anyway...
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Re: small enhancement to statusbar - show current position of caret
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2017, 06:49:30 pm »
Hello,
I find that with this change, the place to see the full path of the current file is reduced.
It seems to me more useful to see the path of the file used this change (See attached image)
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