[MonoDevelop] edit more than 1 file at a time

IBBoard ibboard at gmail.com
Sat Dec 4 04:33:55 EST 2010

On 04/12/10 01:00, Mike Christensen wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM, IBBoard <ibboard at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 02/12/10 00:48, Mike Christensen wrote:
>>> 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?
>>> Mike
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>> I could be wrong, but isn't MDI an oddity to Windows? Personally, I hate
>> it, plus I've always got the windows maximised any time I use an MDI app
>> and so don't use it in any way. Everyone else tends to go for tabs (ala
>> browsers and all GTK editors) or multiple windows (ala Gimp). As far as
>> I know then GTK doesn't have any form of MDI window.
>> To be honest, I'd rather have something like Eclipse - tab based where
>> you can collapse groups of tabs and arbitrarily split and shuffle all of
>> the tabs. It'll probably be complex based on what we have now, but
>> Eclipse uses SWT, which has GTK bindings for Linux, so it is possible
>> with GTK :)
> Yeah I tend to agree with you as well.  I've tried using the MDI mode
> in VS a few times over the years because it has some advantages in
> theory, but I can never really get used to it and always end up
> switching back to tabs.
> The original ask was "I want to see multiple files at the same time",
> so I guess as long as this is done, the exact implementation is up to
> the MonoDevelop guys..  I've never seen the way Eclipse does it, but I
> believe I have that installed (as well as XCode) so maybe I'll mess
> around with that later..

If you're familiar with VS then Eclipse basically does the same thing,
but with pure tabs (i.e. everything is consistent in appearance), with
more obvious grouping (i.e. when you auto-hide a group then it is boxed
together), with a maximise option for groups, and with a generally more
obvious UI in terms of "things that apply to the current tab/view"
versus "things that apply to the group". I generally prefer its
mechanism for telling you where things will be placed - it somehow seems
more sensible (big hit area for merging tabs into one area and less

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