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parent 2c7134fb
2003-04-01 Biswapesh Chattopadhyay <biswapesh_chatterjee@tcscal.co.in>
* src/fileselection.c: Fixed bug #713749
* ROADMAP: Added roadmap for HEAD.
2003-03-29 Naba Kumar <naba@gnome.org>
* src/main_menubar_def.h, mainmenu_callbacks.[c,h], src/anjuta.c
This document is the roadmap for future development of anjuta.
Anjuta currently has two main branches, ANJUTA_1_0_0 and HEAD. The ANJUTA_1_0_0
branch is for GNOME 1.x and is currently considered to be the stable branch. The
HEAD branch is used for GNOME 2.x and is currently in pre-alpha stage. However,
it is mostly usable and compiles and works on a standard GNOME 2.2 install, with
the added dependency for ZVT.
About anjuta2 merge:
The said anjuta2 merge never happened, and seems unlikely to happen in the short
term. So, instead, of dropping the anjuta codebase altogether, we should aim at
refactoring of the codebase by reusing the best bits of anjuta2, esp. the ideas
from the plugin architecture. However, this should be done in a way so that most
of the existing codebase can be reused, which is not possible with a complete
move to the anjuta2 framework.
Roadmap for future development:
It is proposed that HEAD be branched at this point to create a gnome-2-2 branch.
This branch should contain continued porting efforts and aim for an alpha release
somewhere in the soming month (April/May 2003). Mostly, remaining work consists
1. Porting stable branch fixes over to HEAD.
2. Removing use fo deprecated widgets in message manager, etc.
3. Stabilization and bugfixes.
Naba will be responsible for this branch.
Subsequent to this branch, HEAD should be used for code refactoring,
reorganization and gradual move to a new plugin based architecture. For this,
the following are the main things that need to be done.
1. Shell:
The first step towards code cleanup is to cleanup the shell. Currently, the
shell code is scattered over a latge number of files, namely:
src/project*.* (Project management)
Apart from the above, there is the printing/ directory which handles printing, and
the anjuta-plugins.* which implements a very limited plugins system.
The above needs to be reorganized as follows:
o GUI needs to be converted to use EggAction/EggMenu/EggToolbar/etc.
o Remove main() and compile into a shared library for use by plugins.
o Cleanup the API and document it for use by plugins.
Ideally, the shell should consist of the folowing APIs:
o Enhanced plugins system
o Miscellaneous utility functions
o Editor and related functions
o Project manager
o Preferences
o Tools system
o Docking system (derived from GdlDock ?)
o Templating system
o Extra widgets
o GUI customization dialogs.
2. Plugin System:
The plugins system needs to be revamped as follows:
o Register/unregister themselves
o Load/unload themselves
o Register/unregister multiple menu items/toolbars
o Register/unregister multiple dock items.
o Register/unregister their own preferences.
The shell should provide APIs for loading/unloading of plugins and a core
stable API for plugins to do the above. We should check out the anjuta2 code
to see if we can reuse the plugins system.
3. Editor:
We currently use scintilla for the editing component. Unfortunately, the scintilla
code is too tightly bound to the code code, which makes scintilla upgrades
extremely difficult and time consuming. We need to be able to segregate scintilla
into an external dependency. For this, we need to:
o Widgetify the editor code
o Make it an external dependency so that scintilla can be upgraded
independently of anjuta.
o Segregate the preferences system into it's own library.
o Convert the UI to use Egg
o Front-end to lexers properties files.
o Better integration of lexers with sourcebase.
o Use loadable lexers segregated from main scintilla codebase.
Currently, the editor code resides in the following files:
Further, the UI (editor toolbars and menus) are scattered over src/mainmenu*.* and
src/toolbars.*. Some parts are also in src/controls.*, esp. the enable/disable
In order to segregate the editor code into it's own component, we should replace
scintilla/* and aneditor*.* with a GtkScintilla2 based widget. It might be a good
idea to simply use GtkScintilla2, improving it in the ways we require, and have it
as an external dependency. The text_editor*.* code should be simplified and moved
into an 'editor' subdirectory, under the shell directory. Since we do not plan to
support multiple editors, we can make the editor APIs part of the core API and
have a mandatory dependency on GtkScintilla2.
The scintilla editing component also needs some GTK2 specific improvements, esp.
related to the use of pango and input methods. We need to ensure that these
issues come to focus on the scintilla ML and adequate attention is given to fixing
these issues.
The current preferences and properties system is IMO one of the most powerful
features of anjuta, and we need to keep it intact, and part of the core shell.
However, some things need to be done for this to happen effectively:
1. Segregate from scintilla into it's own C library.
2. Add support for callbacks for getting pref. values.
3. Support multiple backends (long term)
The preferences GUI is currently quite clean. We only need to ensure that it
supports integration with preferences of other plugins to have a sinple point
of customization.
The terminal code is quite intermingled with the message-manager. The latter
should be replaced with GdlDock based widget for flexibility. The terminal should
become a plugin and be segregated into it's own directory. This can act as a
good test bed for the plugins system. Ideally, this is the first functionality
that we should attempt to move into the plugins architecture.
File Tree:
The current file tree needs to be tuned and made into a core widget and part of
the shell, since it can be used in numerous ways. The CVS specific code should
be removed and dependency on tagmanager should be removed. The project manager
should use this widget but it should be usable outside the project manager as
a standalone widget as well. The file tree should be a singleton and have a
clean API for manipulation. The file tree preferences should be merged with the
main preferences dialog.
After the terminal, the debugger is the key candidate for move to the new plugins
system. This is because it has a fairly complicated functionality, uses multiple
actions and dock windows, and might have different alternative implementations
not based on the current GDB backend. The project manager should control the
loading/unloading of the debugger. Currently, the debugger code is implemented
in the following files:
The UI (menu/toolbars) are mingled with the other shell GUI code and need to be
Tagmanager dependency needs to be removed and replaced by sourcebase. Sourcebase
has much better parsers and will be more powerful in other aspects as well. It
is envisaged that sourcebase will be ready for inclusion by the time code cleanup
is done. Since sourcebase is pretty tightly linked with the project manager and
the editor, it needs to be made a core dependency rather than a plugin. The
class browser needs to be widgetified and changed to use sourcebase as the
backend. The autocomplete/calltip code also needs to be changed to use sourcebase
instead of tagmanager. Further, sourcebase preferences need to be integrated with
the preferences dialog.
Version Control:
All version control code needs to be removed from the core shell and implemented
as plugins, one for each backend. The aim is to support CVS as the primary
backend. Currently, the cvs code is present in more-or-less working state in:
The CVS plugin should be written in a way to provide more flexibility than the
current implementation. Further, it should be able to act as a starting point
for implementation of other version control backends. the CVS plugin should
use a file tree derived widget for showing the CVS information in a customized
file tree.
Launcher and tools:
The current tools system is quite powerful and provides a good way to interact
with external commands along with the launcher impleemntation. They should be
made part of the core API along with the following enhancements:
1. Segregate the tool front end (editor) and the backend.
2. Extend launcher to handle multiple simultaneous executtions.
3. Remove ZVT dependency from launcher code.
4. Provide a clean API for plugins to use the tools system to interact
with external executables.
5. Allow saving of tools at global/user/project level.
Currently, the code for launcher and tools can be found in:
The current advanced search/replace functionality is powerful enough to replace
all the older find/replace stuff, so these should be removed. Search/Replace
is part of the core shell along with the editor. The following cleanups need to
be made:
1. Segregate S/R backend from front-end.
2. Allow interruption on execution of long search/replace activity.
3. Have multiple front-ends whcih use the same backend, e.g.
o Simple Search in current file.
o I-Search
o Search/replace in curent file.
o Advanced search/replace
4. Allow the user to save search/replace settings and give them names.
Build System:
Each build system should be a seperate plugin that interfaces with the core shell
API. The build system should not be part of the project manager. The project
manager should store information which plugin to load for the build system.
However, a reasonable amount of interaction is required between the project
manager and the build system, and this should be through a defined set of core
shell APIs. A build plugin should be capable of the following:
o Load an existing build system using this backend.
o Add/remove modify targets, sources and dependencies and their atributes.
o Tolerate limited amount of hand editing of the build files.
o Use the PM API to register/unregister list of sources and targets.
The primary build backend is GNU autotools (autoconf/automake/libtool/make). We
need to write a standalone library for handling this backend and then create an
anjuta plugin using this library. It might be a good idea to have a look at
gnome-build and kdevelop autotools part for ideas/code.
The current templates system consists of some project wizards, a class creator
plugin and some hardcoded menu entries to create boilerplate text. The system
is virtually impossible to reuse and will have to be thrown away. A new
templating system needs to be written and made part of the core API, which
should support the following:
o Create new projects (replace current wizards stuff)
o Create new target/source sets (e.g. a widget)
o Create new source files (e.g. a header file)
o Code snippets (e.g. GNU Licence block)
We can use empy or libtpt as the template language or write our own (not a good
idea IMO). Existing templates need to be converted to use the new system. A
template is a special kind of plugin which should use the core template API
to generate new projects/files/etc. We need to create a well thought-out design
for the templating system with ideas from anjuta2/kdevelop and implement it
from scratch.
The core shell API should ideally be scriptable using multiple scripting
languages, so that users can write their own scripts to extend the functionality
of the IDE. The scripting interface should cover all aspects of the core API
including the shell, editor, plugins, tools, utilities, properties, templates,
etc. it should be possible to write plugins using bindings for the core API.
The primary scripting language we aim to support should be Python.
The full conversion into the proposed architecture would take a lot of time and
effort. The idea is to do it in a gradual manner while continuing with other
activities such as bug fixing, adding new features, etc. For this, we should
take the following approach:
o HEAD should be buildable at all times.
o Most of the new design/development should occur seperately
untill ready to be moved to HEAD.
o The gnome-2-2 branch should be continued till HEAD is stabilized.
o The 1.2.0 release should come from the gnome-2-2 branch.
o Create subdirectoris under the main tree to work on cleanups, so that:
o The code can be viewed by other people
o They can be turned on easily when in buildable state.
o The tree is always buildable.
TODO List:
o Apply branch patches to HEAD - esp. Jean-Noel's patches to comment/S&R
o Configure dialog is broken.
o Save compiler options settings.
o s/zvt/vte/ terminal.
......@@ -191,7 +191,7 @@ fileselection_get_path (GtkWidget* filesel)
fileselection_set_title (GtkWidget* filesel, gchar* title)
return gnome_filelist_set_title (GNOME_FILELIST(filesel), title);
gnome_filelist_set_title (GNOME_FILELIST(filesel), title);
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