[MonoDevelop] Fwd: Pad docking area idea

IBBoard ibboard at gmail.com
Fri Jul 23 15:44:53 EDT 2010

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From: IBBoard <ibboard at gmail.com>
Date: 23 July 2010 20:43
Subject: Re: [MonoDevelop] Pad docking area idea
To: Mike Krüger <mkrueger at novell.com>

On 23 July 2010 12:58, Mike Krüger <mkrueger at novell.com> wrote:
> Hi
> Currently our pads duplicate information.
> ...
> I think that
> it would be cool to merge the header & tab area into one. I now have
> tried out the latest netbeans release and they're doing exactly this:
> http://screencast.com/t/Yzc5MWZj
> The downside would be that it's not that easy to see which tab is selected ?
> (I don't need that info because I can distinguish the pads by their content)

That looks similar to Eclipse (which isn't surprising from what I
vaguely know of Netbeans). Each tab has a close button, the group of
tabs has a "minimise" in the spare space that groups the whole lot
down and then you right-click to dock a single one (at least that's
what I remember, but I can't test at the moment). It makes sense, and
I've always thought those grey bars were a bit ugly, where as using
the tab is more native.

Eclipse also puts an extra button in the spare space for additional
actions, but I think that behaviour is a bit odd as it applies to the
current tab, even though it's in a "group of tabs" area.

> .. yes I know vs.net duplicates information too - but I don't think
> that this is a reason to do it as well.

Too right! :) Why immitate something sub-par if it can be done better?

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