[MonoDevelop] Tab replacement for files proposal

Ian Norton ian.norton-badrul at thales-esecurity.com
Thu Aug 5 08:54:18 EDT 2010

Hi Dale,

On Wed, 2010-08-04 at 17:35 +0100, Dale Ragan wrote:
> Hello!
> I've recently been thinking about how we can replace the tabs for files in
> MonoDevelop into one file dialog.  We've all been there, we get into a
> zone and by the time we come up for air, we have 25 or more files opened
> and all those tabs for files are just a pain, because it makes it hard to
> find the other dialogs we care about.  I've seen this discussed on IRC,
> but I don't think I've seen anybody propose a solution.
> The proposal is to create one tab for the file editor dialog and then
> polish and enhance the new navigation breadcrumb control.  We enhance the
> control by showing the currently opened file and then have functionality
> to be a drop down for picking another opened file.  This will allow a
> secondary way of navigating and also make available which files are opened
> to the user.  The main way for navigating around is to use the new
> navigate to command and use the navigate to dialog that we've all come to
> love.  The rest of the navigation breadcrumb control will behave how it
> does now, so for example when looking at it, you will see:  Opened File |
> Current Type | Current Member.

I like it, It would be even nicer if you could create more than one file
editor tab and move files between the tabs. 

One thing I might miss though from having many tabs is the visual
indication (*) of files that have not been saved yet.


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