This time I mean it.
By user9157252 on Jan 05, 2010
I've been saying this all year, but really, this time I mean it. No, I really REALLY mean it. I'm going to get back to blogging.
So as a start, I'll let you all in on what I've been working on lately. Yes, once again it's more additions to the Sun SPOT Manager. Cool additions, of course. These additions are not out yet, mind you, so don't go looking just yet. But Real Soon Now(tm) I promise.
So what are these new additions? Well, it's an easy way to share (and find shared) pieces of Sun SPOT code. We call them Code Snippets right now. And there will be a new tab on SPOT Manager for Sharing, and finding, Code Snippets. So far, it looks like this:
You can see the Categories of snippets in the left list. (If there are categories you think should be added, let me know via the comments section. We just made these up out of thin air!). Clicking on a Code Snippet in the list will load it into the Code Viewer/Editor pane on the right which gives you complete syntax highlighting, line numbering, etc. All of that goodness is thanks to jSyntaxPane, which is very cool.
jSyntaxPane also gives me a full search capability in a loaded Code Snippet (via ctl-f), including support for regular Expression syntax, if you're into that sort of thing.
I'm also working on adding (well, I've already added it, just need to tweak it some more) full search capabilities so that you can search the Code Snippet database for exactly what you're looking for, based on any of the fields in the database.
And finally, since everyone will want to know just how good their Code Snippets are, there is a rating and commenting system included. So you can select a Code Snippet and add a rating (in Java Coffee Cups, of course!) and a comment. This system is still under development, and will likely be implemented a lot differently than you see here, but there will be a rating and commenting system, for sure.
If you have suggestions on how you'd like to see the ratings and comments done, feel free to drop me a line!
[ May the bluebird of happiness twiddle your bits. ]