Re: [code] Auto-pairing feature request

From: Ryan Pusztai <rpusztai.att.gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:23:33 -0500

On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:19 AM, Michael Richter <ttmrichter.att.gmail.com>wrote:

> I like the auto-pairing of symbols like ", ', (, et al but for one tiny
> annoyance: breaking OUT of the pair slows me down.
>
> Let's say I want to type the following line:
>
> turing(bb_config, busy_beaver, [], To).
>
> First I type this where the ^ marks my cursor location:
>
> turing(^)
>
> This is all fine and dandy. Now I keep typing.
>
> turing(bb_config, busy_beaver, [^])
>
> Again all fine and dandy. But here it breaks down. To get *out* of the
> square brackets I have to move my hand away from the convenient places of
> my keyboard and over to the cursor controls. This is a distraction for
> reasons I'll get into later. So anyway, I continue typing:
>
> turing(bb_config, busy_beaver, [], To^)
>
> Now I have to move my hand away from the typing space *again* to escape
> the parens. Finally I can finish and type the whole line.
>
> Many editors do the pair-matching thing. All of them that I've used (most
> recently Sublime Text, <plug type="shameless">for which review you can read
> here:
> http://yfl.bahmanm.com/Members/ttmrichter/software-reviews/sublime-text-2-review</plug>)
> have the following behaviour. Let's turn back the clock to this:
>
> turing(bb_config, busy_beaver, [^])
>
> I'm in the auto-matching mode, so when I type ], I don't insert an
> unbalanced closing bracket, I instead just move forward past the bracket
> like this:
>
> turing(bb_config, busy_beaver, []^)
>
> Then I continue typing to this:
>
> turing(bb_config, busy_beaver, [], To^)
>
> I hit the closing paren and get this instead:
>
> turing(bb_config, busy_beaver, [], To)^
>
> I can then easily follow up with the period. No muss, no fuss, no bother.
>
> Now in this line of code alone I've had to move my hands away from the
> typing area twice. And this is simple Prolog code. Could you imagine if I
> was doing Java or, worse, Lisp? My hands would rarely be in the typing
> space with all the bracket-jumping I'd have to do.
>
> So as a feature request, would it be possible to somehow break out of the
> matched parens without moving the hand away from the main keyboard area?
> Ideally typing the matching closing character would be the technique, but
> I'm open to other ideas that keep my fingers in my active zone. I really
> like the auto-pairing feature so I'd rather not turn it off completely.
>

Oh this is a great description of the way I dream of TA to work. I would
love this feature! Can this be implemented ASAP on my own? and then be
added to the main releases?

+1

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Regards,
Ryan
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Received on Wed 30 Jan 2013 - 10:23:33 EST

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