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Tuesday July 28, 2009
07:25 AM

Adding a feature to Padre

[ #39364 ]

I've been following (and even contributing to) the Padre IDE project from very early on. I've watched it grow from very modest beginings into something quite impressive -- usable, even.

Its deep integration with Perl is such a killer feature. There are already a good two-dozen plugins, one of which I've been shepherding: Padre-Plugin-PerlTidy.

In light of Padre's first birthday, I decided I wanted to give something back into the Padre core rather than just an ancillary project.

I tend to use gedit on Ubuntu, and I rather liked the "right margin" option. This option puts a gray vertical line on whichever column you specify. It's an easy visual queue for long lines. It turns out that the Scintilla editor component supports this feature and all I had to do was enable the menus and dialogs to allow users to toggle the method.

[Padre with "right margin" option]

...and there you have it. It didn't take very long, and it's not exactly mind blowing, but it's something I've found useful.

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  • Aha! Thank you so much adding this.

    I've wanted it for ages, ever since the earliest releases.

    But for some odd reason I could never find the API calls to turn it on, so never added it myself.