Editing GnuCash source with Eclipse

Tom Van Braeckel tomvanbraeckel at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 12:21:16 EST 2010

On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 4:59 PM, Tommy Trussell <tommy.trussell at gmail.com>wrote:

> I chatted a few nights ago with someone (Geert?) on irc about
> recommended environments for tinkering with GnuCash source,
> specifically the scheme report code and some things I want to
> experiment with regarding menus.
> Geert recommended trying Eclipse but I had some trouble (as a very
> casual programmer) getting the environment working. Yesterday I made
> some progress, so I wanted to share. I had already found an existing
> wiki page (linked from nowhere in the wiki but indexed by Google) so I
> added a section with my hints about making it work in Ubuntu (and
> presumably Debian)...
> http://wiki.gnucash.org/wiki/Eclipse

Thanks, Tommy. That's exactly my favourite setup for coding, but I haven't
tried it with GnuCash. I will, now !

> Sadly, the Eclipse editor isn't quite as good as gedit for
> code-highlighting of .scm files, but it's not terrible. I'm probably
> missing a lot, though, being a raw beginner. Does Eclipse do
> code-folding when it knows how? Is that even possible for Scheme? Can
> it create jumps to notable places in the code to jump around easier?

Yes it does code-folding, refactoring, debugging and an awful lot
*more*than that.

> I haven't even started looking at the C sources... I also haven't
> played with the svn integration...

I don't see a reason why SVN wouldn't just work.

> ... if anyone else is interested please reply here or use that wiki
> page (and/or its talk page) to share suggestions. Thanks!
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