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|Summary:||Design a better way to access code clips|
|Product:||ide||Reporter:||Petr Jiricka <pjiricka>|
|Severity:||blocker||CC:||lkotouc, madamek, pbuzek, pchytil, ppisl|
|Issue Type:||ENHANCEMENT||Exception Reporter:|
Description Petr Jiricka 2005-08-09 18:04:27 UTC
The code clips feature as designed for NetBeans 4.2 is really useful in many ways. However, it has a couple serious disadvantages: - Using a Code Clip usually represents a stopper in the flow of user's work. Typically the user is working in the editor using the keyboard, however to insert a code clip, she will typically reach for the mouse and use the mouse to insert code clip, whether by doubleclicking, or by drag & drop. This slows the work down. - The code clips palette takes up screen estate in the editor. So, it would be nice to have a way of quickly adding chunks of source code to the code editor without the above disadvantages, but while preserving the advantages of the code clips palette (some of which are not currently doable with code completion or live templates), including the following: 1/ This feature is easily discoverable, it is very intuitive to find out how to add a code snippet. 2/ It is easy to see all code clips available in the IDE in a very organized way, sorted by logical categories. So it is easy to find the code clip the user is looking for. 3/ It is (potentially) possible to create one's own clips with custom code. 4/ Inserting a code clip does not require the knowledge of (even a part of) its name, the user does not need to know the initial few letters of the code etc. 5/ The number of code clips can scale to hunderds or more without the user being lost 6/ Code clips can provide an intuitive customization dialog, which asks the user for additional information, while supporting the correct choices through suitable UI (comboboxes, Browse buttons, radio buttons etc.) 7/ A single code clip may generate very diverse sets of code based on user's customizations, for example the "Call EJB" code clip may either add code to the current class, or create a new class (ServiceLocator) and generate code that calls this new class.
Comment 1 Petr Jiricka 2012-01-11 09:02:56 UTC
Update: Currently the Insert Code action (Ctrl+I; present in the editor popup menu) partly adresses this need, however is has discoverability issues. Many useful code snippets are available through Ctrl+I, but I fear that users often don't know about them. Another problem with Insert Code is UI scalability - it works well for 5-10 code clips, but not if we wanted to put e.g. 50 code clips into it. With Palette, this is not an issue.