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Old 07-18-2004, 12:47 PM   #1
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does vim have an option for code completion?

When I developed stuff under Windows I always had some IDE that did some thinking for me,

Someone told me that in Linux a lot gets written with VIM, I can imagine why, its a very efficient editor. So I gave it a try. I got syntax highlighting working. But I really miss some of the standard features that most IDE's got, such as code completion. Is there a way to configure VIM to do that?

I know that KDevelop and the other IDE's for Linux have it, but I'm really getting to like VIM.
Old 07-18-2004, 01:00 PM   #2
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Yes, it can do it. Run vim and type ":help completion" - it ought to give you a good starting point. Hitting CTRL-n after typing the first part of the word (variable name, etc.) will try to match it to other words in the file. A google search for "vim code completion" turns up quite a lot too.

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Old 07-18-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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Vim is my favourite, too.
Should the code completion features not suffice to do for you, however, you might give Jedit a try. It's a Java application --- you can use it on Windows and Linux alike. Jedit can bei tailored and extended by numerous plug-ins for lots of programming languages and general programming tasks.

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If you don't mind using Wine/VMWare, take a look at (Intellisense for Vim). It is quite amazing.


Old 07-20-2004, 08:05 AM   #5
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thanks everyone, I've got it set now to complete keywords when i press tab, and the line is not empty .

I'm doing this with Vim's own completion and a little scripting magic. however, its annoying sometimes when it completes a word that I didn't mean to put there.

would there be a way that it could output the word it thinks i'm writing in the right corner or so?
Haven't found a script that does that.

Insenvim sounds great btw. to bad it's not ported yet.


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