|Auto-completion configuration options [message #1726009]
||Wed, 09 March 2016 02:41
| Keith Suddick
Registered: March 2016
Hello, I'm new to this forum, but have been using Eclipse on and off for quite some time now. Currently using Mars 4.5.0.|
I've been writing a lot in Python over the last few weeks, although I suspect that's not relevant, as it's the auto-completion feature I'm getting really frustrated with.
I really do appreciate how useful context-sensitive suggestions and auto-completion are particularly when editing code of course. So I'm not looking to disable the feature (unless I have to). But I think the default configuration in Eclipse is unhelpful - rather like Apple's efforts.
Is it possible to change the keys that interact with the suggestions boxes that appear? Mainly, I really want the return key to mean carriage return and only carriage return.
With my current settings (default I believe) if I were to open a new file (.py in this case) and looking only at my keyboard type:
I'd expect to see that text on the screen and for the cursor to be on line 4.
What I actually get is this:
And the cursor is at the end of line 2. IMHO that is just wrong.
When I reach the end of a line I shouldn't have to stop and think can I just press return, or do I need to press escape to cancel the suggestion box, or if there is a useful suggestion highlighted that I need to press return twice to get to the next line.
As I was typing this I wondered why I don't get frustrated writing VBA which I do quite lot of as well and that too has an auto-completion feature so I went and checked... It *seemed* like the VBA editor was only suggesting something when it was pretty sure it knew I had limited options, like suggesting datatypes after I'd typed "Dim x as ". And whilst the return key does select a highlighted suggestion it does also do a carriage return.
So maybe, for me, Eclipse is just being over-zealous in popping up suggestions when it really has no clue what I might be going to type.
I've looked through the extensive settings and of the ones I understand I can't see anything that would help.
Can anyone suggest alternative settings I could look at that might work better for me?
|Re: Auto-completion configuration options [message #1726087 is a reply to message #1726075]
||Wed, 09 March 2016 14:27
| Russell Bateman
Registered: July 2009
Location: Provo, Utah, USA
On 03/09/2016 05:20 AM, Keith Suddick wrote:|
> Hi Nitin, thanks for your reply. I had assumed the feature was part of
> Eclipse itself. Having checked, it looks like I am using PyDev, though
> I have no memory of choosing that. I'll see if I can find a somewhere
> more appropriate to direct my question re PyDev and look into the DLTK
> you mention as I'm certainly open to alternatives.
> Thanks again.
I don't know anything about DLTK, but if you're using PyDev, you have to
have installed it using Eclipse Marketplace. Support for that can come
from stackoverflow.com, but there's also a mailing list (see
Best of luck.
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