[MonoDevelop] Tab replacement for files proposal

Mark de Bruijn | Dykam kramieb at gmail.com
Sun Aug 8 05:06:04 EDT 2010

Whilst getting comfortable with
I realized that the "open" filter is a nice way to also see what files
are... open. At that moment I realized that tabs aren' t required anyway,
and my favorite workflow would just involve seeing what files are unsaved,
and having a list of files I'm currently working on. Tabs serve this well,
but the open-filter on the solution navigator does too.
It would be a nice experiment to just drop the concept of document tabs at
all, and just have a set of `pinned` files you are working on.

On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 2:53 PM, Eric Schaefer <
eric.schaefer at ericschaefer.org> wrote:

> 2010/8/6 Mike Krüger <mkrueger at novell.com>:
> > I like the 'never close' approach too - I don't know why people don't
> > like that approach, maybe they never realized that the current open
> > 'working set' of files equals the recent file list - merging these two
> > features makes sense.
> There might be 10 item on the LRU list, but there are only 4 open
> files right now. So LRU and open tabs is not quite the same.
> > One cool thing would be when dragging a document outside of the
> > workspace that the workspace is cloned (with project browser and all)
> > and that this way 2 'workspaces' are created - both with the same
> > project - xcode4 does this. I find this feature >way< more usable than
> > having a single file window on the 2nd monitor. Then I can work on the
> > text editor on screen A and have a working set of files on that screen
> > and have the c# binding on the 1st monitor with a dfiferent file working
> > set - I would really love to work like that in monodevelop, would be a
> > time saver.
> Yes, that would be nice.
> > how about replacing the gtk tab control with a custom one ?
> > I think the gtk control takes too many space for what it does.
> > Atm monodevelop takes a bit too much vertical space (I think for pads
> > too - but that's another story)  - having a better looking/smaller tab
> > control would help with that.
> Agreed. The font could be way smaller and the tabs could be like half
> as high as they are now.
> That's true for all the tabs bars in MD.
> The project pads head line is big enough. Users of MD will likely be
> experienced enough with the mouse to be able to use such a narrow tab
> bar.
> > (btw. I am the only one who thinks that gtk tabs look ugly?)
> No.
> Regards
> Eric
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