[MonoDevelop] edit more than 1 file at a time

Alex Rice alex at mindlube.com
Wed Dec 1 18:19:37 EST 2010

Abe, yes, having multiple files in view at once is really what I'm
after. My subject line was poorly worded.

In Emacs you can do it 2 ways:
Open a new frame (window)
Split a frame (multiple splits if you want)
Each frame or sub-frame can have it's own buffer, or share an existing
buffer. Where for our purposes "buffer" is just emacs-speak some file
you are editing :)

I do like the monodevelop tabbed interface and I use it.  But It seems
restrictive to only allow the user to view a single file at a time.
And I'm a Mac user, so I can't just launch  a new instance of
Monodevelop. The split panels could be enhanced  allow different 2
files to be edited in the top & bottom of the panel.  But that might
not make sense for Monodevelop, because of all the other panels that
display information about the current file (like method lists,
properties, etc)

Another typical interface I've seen in other IDEs would be to have the
editor's tabs be tear-offs that turn into floating editor windows.
That would be another way of getting 2+ files in view at once, without
messing with the way the current "split panel" components works.

Anyhow, since I am just learning C# there is no way I can contribute
such a feature. Maybe in the future though.


On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 3:27 PM, Abe Gillespie <abe.gillespie at gmail.com> wrote:
> Buffers ... hmm ... I mean, you *can* edit multiple files at once.
> You just can't get a splitter where more than one is in view at a
> time.  But you certainly can tab through multiply open / edited files.
> Not being an Emacs hero I'm not quite sure what you mean by "buffers".
> -Abe
> On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 4:51 PM, Alex Rice <alex at mindlube.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 1:55 AM, Lluis Sanchez Gual
>> <slluis.devel at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Are there any add-ons or hacks that will enable multiple file views?
>>> Nope, that's not yet supported.
>>> Lluis.
>> OK Lluis, thanks for responding!
>> I'm a huge fan of Monodevelop, even if I can only edit 1 buffer at a
>> time. I guess I'm spoiled from using Emacs for so long I could edit
>> unlimited buffers at once :)
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