[MonoDevelop] Fatwa: bring the XCode error/warning reporting to MonoDevelop.

Miguel de Icaza miguel.de.icaza at gmail.com
Wed Oct 14 13:42:25 EDT 2009

Hello guys,

Fatwa: to implement the XCode Message Bubbles system for Warning/Error
reporting in MonoDevelop.


    When I am not using a 56 inch monitor, the usability of the
error/warning window is terrible: it takes a lot of valuable space.

    I understand that lacking any guidance, we went with the VisualStudio
like solution where a pad pops up that shows the error list and we cycle
through those with a hot key.

    I am loving MonoDevelop, but it needs a few tune ups like this to make
my experience glorious.   And this is coming from a hard-core Emacs


    The XCode folks actually found a great solution.   Instead of taking up
the screen with the pad, they show a tooltip on the status bar showing the
number of warnings and error with two small cute icons.   XXX <warning
icon>  YYY <error icon> clicking on either one will show the error/warning

    But after a build, XCode will jump right to the first error/warning, and
will add a couple of visuals to your editor:

On the right side: the warning or error icon, including the message for the
error.    If the message does not fit on the screen, the bubble shows below
the current line;   If it fits partially, the bubble wraps around.

On the left side: the warning or error icon, clicking on this icon would
toggle displaying the bubble.

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