[code] Silly little templating snippets system

From: Michael Richter <ttmrichter.att.gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:08:31 +0800

I've come up with a really stupid little templating-based snippets system
for Textadept. It works like this:

   - Put all the templates into _USERHOME .. '/templates/'
   - The files should be named according to this pattern:
   "<language>.<snippets key>". So for example if you want "mod<tab>": to
   expand into a full Rexx module, you'd put the code for the Rexx module into
   the file "rexx.mod". The boilerplate for a Prolog predicate might be found
   in "prolog.pred" to let "pred<tab>" expand into the stuff you want at the
   head of all your predicates.
   - Inside those files you put in exactly the same stuff you'd put into
   the snippets string you'd otherwise have put into your init.lua (or
   whatever) file.
   - Inside init.lua add the following code:

local templates_dir = _USERHOME .. '/templates/'
> local function load_snippets(language)
> for template in lfs.dir(templates_dir) do
> b, _, key = string.find(template, '^' .. language .. '%.(.+)$')
> if b then
> file = io.open(template, 'r')
> snippet = file:read('a')
> file:close()
> snippets[language] = snippets[language] or {}
> snippets[language][key] = snippet
> end
> end
> end
> events.connect(events.LEXER_LOADED, load_snippets)

(As an alternative you could just call load_snippets inside your existing
LEXER_LOADED event should you have one, which is in fact what I do.)

Now any snippets you want to add to any language can be easily maintained
in a separate snippets database.


   - I like Textadept's snippets a lot (simple, yet powerful), but I really
   don't like constantly fiddling with the Lua code in init.lua. Too many
   chances for totally screwing up my configuration.
   - Some of my "snippets" are pretty damned big. My Rexx module
   "snippet", for example, is 204 lines of error handling boilerplate. When
   this was in my init.lua it was a bear to navigate and find the specific
   snippets I was looking for.
   - It's easier to share snippets that aren't married to your
   idiosyncratic init.lua organization.

In case anybody else finds matching or overlapping motivations for this
feature, I thought I'd share it.

Tested on Textadept 8.5.

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Received on Sat 09 Jan 2016 - 11:08:31 EST

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