[MonoDevelop] edit more than 1 file at a time

Mike Christensen mike at kitchenpc.com
Wed Dec 1 19:48:25 EST 2010

On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 3:19 PM, Alex Rice <alex at mindlube.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers!
> 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 :)

In Visual Studio, you can configure the IDE to use tabs or an MDI
interface.  MDI mode is kinda nice cuz you can tile the windows in any
way, which lets you have multiple files in view at the same time.

Does MonoDevelop support that sort of thing, or does it only support
the tabbed interface?  MDI mode would be nice to add to the "suggested
features" list..  And wasn't there a guy just the other day looking
for a starter item to take on?


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