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Bug 60494 - Drop down method list in editor tool bar
Summary: Drop down method list in editor tool bar
Alias: None
Product: editor
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Navigation (show other bugs)
Version: 4.x
Hardware: All All
: P3 blocker with 8 votes (vote)
Assignee: Jan Becicka
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-06-24 15:51 UTC by kr2
Modified: 2013-01-12 13:28 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Pic of what it looks like (4.70 KB, image/png)
2005-06-24 15:59 UTC, kr2
breadcrumbs solve this issue - example (86.17 KB, image/png)
2013-01-12 13:27 UTC, markiewb

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Description kr2 2005-06-24 15:51:40 UTC
Hi, has the drop down class method menu in the java editor been removed since
4.0.  I don't seem to be able to find this feature in 4.1.

Comment 1 kr2 2005-06-24 15:59:27 UTC
Created attachment 22892 [details]
Pic of what it looks like
Comment 2 Roman Strobl 2005-07-11 16:06:27 UTC
The drop-down method list was replaced by navigator in NetBeans 4.1.
Comment 3 wqtnetbeans 2005-07-11 16:14:03 UTC
To me, there is no feature of the 4.1 Navigator that can not be hosted in a
dropdown list within the editor itself. The dropdown is more intuitive. 

Having a different window seems to be an overkill, unless there are more
features planned that are not hostable within a dropdown list.
Comment 4 stolley 2005-07-12 00:58:44 UTC
I much prefer the navigator when trying to find the source for a particular
method in large files.

But the navigator is useless for telling me what method I'm currently in and I
really miss that functionality.  Even if the navigator did show me what method
I'm currently in, which it appears not to in 4.1 (freeform project), it wouldn't
be any help anyway - because it takes up too much space, so I've got it
minimised (as I reckon most people probably do).

With the navigation drop box, I didn't have to press anything, which is good. 
Coz when I'm in a method and can't tell which one because it's either too big or
too complex - then I'm probably looking at some relatively hairy code (hopefully
not mine) and the last thing I want to do is waste time and brain space having
to go and hunt up the navigator window.

I guess I don't really want the dropbox back; as I said, I prefere the navigator
for actually navigating *to* methods.  But I need some way to be able to tell
what method the cursor is currently sitting in *without* having to perform GUI
actions and perform a mental context switch.  I reckon a simple key combo might
be workable, but I'd much rather not press anything (keyboard or mouse) at all.
Comment 5 kr2 2005-07-12 08:34:12 UTC
I agree with 'stolley' the 'where am I' feature of this tool was very useful.
Comment 6 markiewb 2013-01-12 13:27:58 UTC
Created attachment 130127 [details]
breadcrumbs solve this issue - example

IMHO the breadcrumbs feature which is introduced with 7.3 solves this issue.

* the current method is shown
* click at the arrow shows all methods within the current class
Comment 7 markiewb 2013-01-12 13:28:37 UTC
Resolve as worksforme - see