PHP editing help



  • firstly … i like this program and intend to keep using it.

    I also use visual studio and i suggest that you copy some of their helps …
    … with options to enable or disable them …

    blink the matching brace when i hover on its partner.
    color emphasis is not enough for these old eyes.

    when i hover on a function or variable ask if i want to see all references
    or goto its definition depending on the context if i hover on a reference
    ask if i want to go to its definition. remember the way back after i move.

    thanks ladies and gents. you this old man appreciates good programming.

    jim murray aka snfmanutz@gmail.com



  • @jim-murray said in PHP editing help:

    I also use visual studio and i suggest that you copy some of their helps …

    You might not be aware, but Microsoft, who publishes Visual Studio, has a huge budget and a team of full-time software developers devoted to making their code work and developing new features. Notepad++ has one primary developer who runs Notepad++ in his spare time, and a few volunteers who regularly contribute to the code base when they have time. All in their spare time, unpaid.

    when i hover on a function or variable ask if i want to see all references
    or goto its definition depending on the context if i hover on a reference
    ask if i want to go to its definition. remember the way back after i move

    There are plugins which offer some of what you’re looking for – for example, TagLEET allows finding the definition of a function (and I think variable declarations) and listing other instances, even if it’s in another file… though I don’t know the “remember the way back” is possible with that plugin.

    The developer and his team of volunteers have decided not to implement code that would be better implemented in a plugin, or already are fully or partially in a plugin, so that won’t be added to the main application.

    blink the matching brace when i hover on its partner.
    color emphasis is not enough for these old eyes.

    If the default color choices aren’t sufficient for you, you are free to use Settings > Style Configurator > Global Styles > Brace Highlight Style to define a color/style that does work for you. Or you could use Search > Goto Matching Brace (defaults to Ctrl+B keyboard shortcut) to move the cursor between opening and closing braces. And in languages that use braces for folding, you can look at the folding lines. There are at least three separate indicators for matching brace, so I doubt they will add a fourth to blink the match (plus, blinking text is evil; just look at any 90s-era website).

    BTW: in case you didn’t realize: this is just the Community Forum – that is, we are all fellow users of Notepad++. Putting a post here does not mean that the developers have seen your request. If you look through the Forum, you will find a FAQ which tells you more about this.


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