One of the results of the Kate/KDevelop sprint in Vienna is the new “MiniMap” that can be used instead of the vertical scrollbar. I came to the sprint with a black and white version of it for the symbols viewer, but got encouraged to integrate it to the core. The result, in cooperation with Sven Brauch from KDevelop, is a nice Mini-Map that can be enabled both in Kate and KDevelop.
And to make this into a real blog and to provide proof, here are a couple of screenshots:
The MiniMap enabled
Here is where/how you turn it on in Kate
Well I’m not sure this really qualifies as an update, because it is actually a new plugin. And the plugin I’m talking about is the Search plugin. This is going to be mostly a series of screen-shots.
The first shot contains the “new” feature differentiating itself from the other one. You can now select to search in the currently open files. This is especially good if you are working on files on a remote server.
The “Find in files” plugin opens new searches in new toolviews while this one has a button for adding new tabs if you want to save the old search.
Of course you can also search in a folder as before When you select to search in a folder the folder searching specific options are displayed. Those options can also be toggled with the rightmost tool-button.
And the final screen-shot is to show that it is possible to use regular expressions.
The “Replace” feature is not yet implemented, but who knows Ideas for a UI are welcome.
And that was it for this time. I hope you like the updates
Second out in the this series of plugins update is the GDB plugin which has gained a view for local variables. If you have GDB pretty printes in use, you can even get various Qt types displayed nicely. Here are direct links to the relevant printers and an example .gdbinit: qt4.py, libstdcxx.py and kde4.py.
The locals view does not (yet?) have any fancy features as editing the values and does not show which variables have changed.
The handling of breakpoint and execution markers has also improved a bit.
Last but not least in this series will be the new “Search in files” plugin.
KDE SC (or was it Platform?) 4.7 will bring some enhancements to Kate plugins. First up is the build plugin. The new thing for the build plugin is the ability to specify multiple targets per session. This means that you can build debug/releas/… targets without having to jump between sessions. The default setup/targets contain a configure target with a CMake command and a build target that runs make.
Screenshot of the default "Config" target
Screenshot of the default "Build" target
Targets can be added, copied and deleted. If the last target is deleted the default targets will be re-added.
When the targets are set up, you can of course select a specific target by selecting the settings tab and there select the desired target from the small combo box. To make target switching faster, there is a “Next Target” action. This action will switch to the next target in the target combo-box. If the settings tab is not visible it will open the tab to display the current target. There is no default shortcut-key for the actions, but fortunately it is not hard to change a shortcut in KDE applications
My personal shortcut-setup can be seen in the build-menu screen-shot.
Screenshot of the "Build" menu
Next up will be the GDB plugin