Code Completion Design
How to build
Get the source code
When you download the svn source code of code::blocks,(see here Installing_Code::Blocks_from_source_on_Windows#Code::Blocks_sources the source code of this plugin was already included. See a screenshot of these code opened in code::blocks under windows.
Build the code completion plug in
Note, you should use "update.bat" to copy the new generated dll to the destination and strip the debug information. see Installing_Code::Blocks_from_source_on_Windows
Low level parser
For someone haven't heard what does "Token" and "Tokenize" means, you should read the wikibooks article A brief explain of what does a parser do and Tokenize on wikipedia. Shortly, a parser treats your C++ or C code as a large array of characters, then this big string was divided to small atom strings, meanwhile "spaces" and "comments" were ignored.
There are several steps to running the Tokenizer class
- A thread must be created to parse a source file.
- Open the source file and convert the file buff to Unicode mode.(since we are all using Unicode build of code::blocks, and ANSI mode is outdated).
- The class contains a Pointer to the current position of the character, so, you can Get or Peek the current character.
- Nested Value was kept to indicate your are in the correct brace pair.
High level parser
For boosting the speed of allocating Tokens, the "new" and "delete" operator were overloaded in it's base class say "class Token : public BlockAllocated<Token, 10000>". In BlockAllocated class, there is only a static member say "static BlockAllocator<T, pool_size, debug> allocator;" to keep all the pre-allocated memorys for all derived class.10000 means 10000 Tokens were allocated.
Each identifier will be recorded and saved in the memory for later usage.
Debug Log output
If you want to debug your plug-in, you may need to Logout the debug information. Mostly, here is the code Manager::Get()->GetLogManager()->DebugLog(_("XXXXX "));
Also, you need start the codeblocks with the command line argument. For example in windows.
then a Code::blocks debug panel will be shown to display the log.