[Haskell-cafe] Best text editor

Peter Verswyvelen bugfact at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 18:22:22 EDT 2009

There used to be Visual Haskell - an extension to Visual Studio - but that
never took off.
Too bad, because these days you can download the freely available Visual
Studio Shell<http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vsx2008/products/bb933751.aspx> ,
and Visual Haskell had some unique features (such as hovering tooltips
showing types) that are now found in the F# editor, and should now be easier
to implement with the recent GHC API (I guess).

Maybe this is a good Google Summer Of Code project; getting Visual Haskell
up and running again with Visual Studio Shell...

On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 12:06 AM, Michael P Mossey
<mpm at alumni.caltech.edu>wrote:

> Ketil Malde wrote:
>> Michael Mossey <mpm at alumni.caltech.edu> writes:
>>  I'm a beginner, but I'll chime in and say I use Emacs with
>>> haskell-mode. It's auto-indentation is a bit complex in behavior which
>>> is unappealing (I feel like I never know what it's going to do when I
>>> hit tab), but I would be curious what someone with more experience
>>> feels about that.
>> Just keep hitting tab until you have the indentation you want.
>> -k
> Well, that's a bit like driving a car and saying, "Keep turning the wheel
> back and forth until the car goes in the direction you want." Seriously,
> good user interfaces have simple, predictable behavior. Also, very often you
> never get the indentation you want no matter how many times you hit tab. Of
> course, I'm grateful to have a haskell-mode at all, and the syntax
> highlighting is helpful, so I don't want to complain too much. I tried
> switching to the "simple indentation mode" but I can't tell the difference.
> I would like a mode that advances to the right in a simple way (checks
> lines above for alignment positions, and advances one position at a time).
> Maybe I'll write one. I do have a bit of experience with emacs lisp.
> Thanks,
> Mike
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