[MonoDevelop] Tab replacement for files proposal

Levi Bard taktaktaktaktaktaktaktaktaktak at gmail.com
Fri Aug 6 04:06:33 EDT 2010

> I think it would be useful to abstract things sufficiently to be able
> to experiment with several different options. Several things have been
> proposed -
> 1) make the file tabs into real first-class monodevelop docking tabs
> so they can be split side-by-side, dragged onto different monitors,
> etc.

This would be interesting, provided the default behavior is something
useful enough that people aren't slapping MD's wrist and redocking
every file they open.

> 3) remove the file tabs, like xcode, and instead re-use one file tab
> for displaying different files, with some kind of menu/switcher to
> view unsaved and recent files (The VS2010 solution navigator also has
> an interesting take on a recent/open/unsaved switcher).

I can't emphasize enough how uncomfortable this coding environment is for me.

> It would be interesting to experiment with a combination of these
> ideas. For example, I like the VS2010 dockable file tabs. But I also
> really like that in Xcode one doesn't have to explicitly close files -
> if they're saved and disappear off the "recent" list, they're closed
> automatically. Perhaps we could implement this behaviour while
> retaining the tab bar. And it certainly wouldn't hurt to improve the
> usability of the tab bar, for example an overflow dropdown instead of
> the cumbersome sideways scrolling.
> One thing I don't think we should do is to add lots of configurations
> options to switch between different behaviours.

Agreed and agreed.

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