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Some Useful gEdit Plugins for Developers: Part Two – Third-Party Plugins (1)


In part 1, I listed some useful development plugins in the default gEdit installation and the gedit-plugins. In this post, I will list the first batch of useful third-party plugins for developers from the third party gEdit plugins list (http://live.gnome.org/Gedit/Plugins).

The List

  • Advanced Find/Replace (http://code.google.com/p/advanced-find/)
    This plugin can search or replace specified characters whether in the current document, opened documents, or selected directory. The search results will be outputted to the Bottom Pane after a search is performed. It also highlights the search results in the document. It is useful to find a specified function or class within a project/directory.
  • AutoComplete (https://github.com/nagaozen/gedit-plugin-autocomplete/)
    This plugin suggests words that exists in the opened documents as you type. According to its website, I think it also suggests custom libraries although I was not tested it yet. It would save me lots of time to retype the function name.
  • Session Autosave (http://sourceforge.net/projects/geditautosaves/)
    Once this plugin is enabled, it will save the current opened tabs/documents on exit and reopen them when gEdit started next time. The feature is the exactly the same with NetBeans default feature for opening up last opened documents to continue editing them. However, I noticed that it only saves opened documents. This means that it will open the previously closed documents when gEdit started. The solution is to select Tools -> Session Save to refresh the session.

To Be Continued …

These are just a couple of plugins I tested. In the next post, I will list some more plugins useful for programming development. All the plugins mentioned in this post and the upcoming posts are available on the gEdit plugin page (http://live.gnome.org/Gedit/Plugins).

Do you have any gEdit plugins that does not list on the gEdit plugin page? Please share them in the comments below.

Starting to learn C Programming Language

I have decided to learn a new programming language during this summer break. I chose C because I have already learned the basics of C++. The C++ programming language is the object oriented version of C after all. Another reason I chose to learn C because the source code for many of the open source projects that I’ve read are written in C language. It seems that the language is very popular in open source community along with C++ and Java. I’m starting with VTC C Programming video tutorials. This is the first video tutorials that I came across when I was searching for C programming language tutorials online. Therefore I downloaded it and am beginning to watch and learn C language. I will post any tips that inspired by the tutorials as I learn instead of post what I learned from the tutorials.

Here are the ISO images of this video tutorial series if you are a copylefter or don’t care about the copyright:

Free Open Source BIOS

As a GNU/Linux user and my knowledge of open source for nearly one year, I never thought about the openness of BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). In fact, I never thought about the BIOS Programming during my entire programming career. Thanks to davide89v (http://identi.ca/davide89v) at identi.ca (http://identi.ca/), I have begun to interested in learning about how to program BIOS through open source Coreboot BIOS. According to its website, “Coreboot (formerly known as LinuxBIOS) is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) you can find in most of today’s computers.” It has developed using GNU Development Environment (GCC), Python, and Bash. This means that I have to learn all three of these programming / scripting language in order to learn to program BIOS, because I only know C++ programming language:)