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Fine-Tuning the 'vim-project' Plugin For My Perl Needs

created: October 14, 2012

I'm a vim man. Sure, from time to time I hit mid-line editing crisis and feel the need to go and try out some other more flashy editors. But, so far, I've always returned to dear ol' Vim.

Of course, when it comes to hacking code, it comes handy when the editor can also give you a view of the overall project. To browse directories, I'm using the NERD Tree. But I also like to have a view where I can move files around in the listing, organize them in categories and hide a few of them. For that, there's vim project. It's cool, it's nifty, it's... almost what I want. Because, you see, refreshing your view throw away all manual changes, so the user is caught between adding new files manually (booh!), or having to reorganize things each time 'refresh' it hit (gah!).

Obviously, something has to be done about that. What I did is to create a small script, gen_pvim.pl, which update a project.vim with new files (and new ignores), or create a skeleton one where none is present:


$ gen_pvim
Dancer-Plugin-MobileDevice=/home/yanick/work/perl-modules/Dancer-Plugin-MobileDevice CD=. {

lib/                 Files=lib {
Dancer/Plugin/MobileDevice.pm
}
t/                   Files=t {
01-is-mobile-device.t
boilerplate.t
pod-coverage.t
manifest.t
03-dynamic-layout.t
02-tokens.t
00-load.t
logs/development.log
pod.t
views/layouts/main.tt
views/layouts/mobile.tt
views/index.tt
}
distro               Files=. {
MANIFEST
.gitignore
Changes
Makefile.PL
MANIFEST.SKIP
ignore.txt
README
}
# \.git
}

When updating a project.vim file, this script will insert any new file (in the right folder, natch), and will take any comment as regex for files that must be ignored. For bonus points, the ignore filters are localised to their folder and their descendants.

As the final touch, I slightly modified 'vim project' such that it would refresh the project listing using my little script. Oh, and defined a bash alias:


$ alias pvim
alias pvim='gvim +'\''Project project.vim'\'''

The result? Not yet a perfect IDE, but it's getting closer...

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