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[REBOL] Re: REBOL Newbie tries to convert C source to REBOL (long posting) Part

From: nitsch-lists::netcologne::de at: 23-Nov-2003 7:09

Am Samstag, 22. November 2003 08:40 schrieb A J Martin:
> Mike wrote: > > If instead the editor would be doing background parsing and watch me > > create an object or button it could really support me by displaying all > possible options with that element. > > Hi, Mike. > > I can see that you like the idea of C and Java IDEs. Unfortunately, Rebol > script is way too malleable and versatile for a IDE to tease it apart and > offer help. That's because words can mean many different things in the same > script, as opposed to C or Java where a word means one thing and one thing > only.
Smalltalk has the same problem, because a method can be defined in a lot of classes, and there is no type-declaration. Smalltalk simply shows all possible methods. (thats not too many usually, because of long method-names) We could do a similar thing, presenting multiple suggestions for a word. { any: rebol:like "or in other languages parse: like a loop } clicking on pops up longer explanation. contexts could add own descriptions to the help-db, like { any: vid: a very weird style to show any rebol-type. } -Volker