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Bug 208214 - PHP code completion selectors
Summary: PHP code completion selectors
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: php
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Editor (show other bugs)
Version: 7.2
Hardware: PC All
: P3 normal with 1 vote (vote)
Assignee: Ondrej Brejla
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-02-09 19:18 UTC by oooshola
Modified: 2012-03-06 07:50 UTC (History)
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Description oooshola 2012-02-09 19:18:56 UTC
The Java code completion implementation has something called "completion selectors" (Tools > Options > Editor > Code Completion > Language: Java). It would be great if PHP code completion had the same functionality.

Visual Studio is another IDE that has this functionality built in, I think across all its languages.

The completion popup for PHP requires you to press enter in order to select the top suggestion. However, it would be nice to explicitly set a list of characters in your settings that would automatically select the top suggestion. These characters would be the kind that frequently end a variable name, reserved word, function name, etc. The Java code completion options has this list of characters:


So in PHP there could be something similar. That way, if I need to access elements in an array called $my_number_list, I could type '$my_nu' to eventually bring its suggestion to the top, then immediately type '[' without having to press enter to select it first (because the '[' character already selected it for me. So now I fully have '$my_number_list[' in the editor).

Hopefully this isn't a difficult feature to add to NetBeans.