- yak shaving
(idiomatic) Any apparently useless activity which, by allowing you to overcome intermediate difficulties, allows you to solve a larger problem.
This yak is starting to look better.
For my second pile of yak shavings: turning QPlainTextEdit into a decent editing widget for programmers.
As work advanced in my rst2pdf editor (BTW: need a name!), it became obvious that the piece of the UI the user will use most is just a couple of plain text editors.
Qt comes with a widget for that, of course, called QPlainTextEdit. However, it's a very, very bad widget for programmers.
Here's the least I wanted:
Current line highlight
Error highlight when it makes sense (like, in the stylesheet)
However, I experienced a bad bug in QSciScintilla, where I can't type accented characters! Without that, (decent) spanish is impossible, and the bug seems to be at least two years old, so... no go.
So, did I get those features? I say yes!
Here is the video (yes, I am getting addicted to making these, since qt-recordmydesktop makes them so easy ;-):
The basis for this is the Code Editor example that comes with Qt itself, plus a bit of my own handywork.
First, I ported Code Editor from C++ to Python, which was very simple and took a few minutes. That takes care of points 2 and 3.
Then, the syntax highlight was plugged in, which was point 1.
Replace self.ui.style.toPlainText with whatever your widget is called, of course:
def validateStyle(self): style=unicode(self.ui.style.toPlainText()) #no point in validating an empty string if not style.strip(): return pos=None try: json.loads(style) except ValueError, e: s=str(e) print s if s == 'No JSON object could be decoded': pos=0 elif s.startswith('Expecting '): pos=int(s.split(' ')[-1][:-1]) else: print 'UNKNOWN ERROR' # This makes a red bar appear in the line # containing position pos self.ui.style.highlightError(pos)
highlightError(pos) simply stores pos in the Code Editor, which will draw a red bar in that line, the same way it highlights the current line.
And that's it. Here is the code for codeeditor.py