[Geany-Devel] [FT-plugins] Proposed "Features"

Matthew Brush mbrush at xxxxx
Thu Sep 1 06:27:19 UTC 2016

On 2016-08-31 08:42 PM, Lex Trotman wrote:
> On 31 August 2016 at 11:27, Matthew Brush <mbrush at codebrainz.ca> wrote:
>> On 2016-08-30 06:43 AM, Colomban Wendling wrote:
>>> [...]
>>> Having our own callback means one more indirection, and changing the
>>> SciLexer to CONTAINER anyway, so I don't see much advantage just now.
>> With the `LexClang.so` dynamic lexer I made, dynamic lexers seemed not to
>> fit well (too isolated, too many assumptions that it's a simple dumb lexer
>> and not a semantic-based on, etc) . All I really wanted was a way to disable
>> Scintilla's lexer (ie. switch it to `SCLEX_CONTAINER`) without changing the
>> filetype in Geany, and without doing it behind Geany's back from the plugin.
> Agree with Matthew.
> The point of not using the standard Scintilla lexer [...]

I wouldn't even call it "standard" lexer. Though it conforms to the same 
C++ interface as a few other modern, well-maintained lexers, AFAIK only 
handful of Scintilla's lexers (ex. LexCpp) are actually able to compile 
as dynamic libraries.

One of the few useful dynamic lexers I've ever seen is Scintillua[0] and 
it actually makes some kind of sense to be a generic dynamic lexer here 
since it can proxy for other lexers using a completely different 
non-Scintilla mechanisms internally (ie. Lua and PEGs).

Matthew Brush

[0]: http://foicica.com/scintillua/

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