Improving Code Completion @ GSoC 2019: introduction

Yup. I have been lucky enough to get into the Google Summer of Code (GSoC for short) programme again, and I am really excited. It’s been 1.5 weeks since the results were announced, and six other students and myself have already started work on their projects as part of the community bonding period, where everyone gets to know their projects, mentors and the general community better.

The overall expectation is that each of us will be publishing more or less weekly blogs throughout the programme, reporting the progress we’ve made with our work or even simply taking note of things in Pharo that we found exciting or worthy of writing about. Hence, this is my first post for GSoC 2019 and in it I will tell you more about my project, myself, as well as provide some useful links if you are interested in Pharo, following my project, or both. I must say, I’m also grateful for this excuse to write regularly ;)

So, this summer I am continuing my work on… yes, it’s in the title… code completion! Last summer during my internship at INRIA Lille I started working on improving the old completion, which would, my supervisors and I almost immediately decided, consist of creating another completion tool from scratch (why and how can be read here). If you are interested in finding out about the existing code completion in Pharo in general, I looked at it here (unfortunately, I never got around to writing an official part 2).

btw this is my completion being used !!!

Okay, so now a brief summary of the things that were done last summer:

Now the things that I plan on doing during GSoC:

To sum up, the aim of this project is to have:

and if you are interested to follow my GSoC journey, learn more about Pharo, stay in touch or give me some suggestions regarding the project, of course, there’s this blog, my twitter, the mailing list, and the Pharo discord server (where I should be searchable by MyroslavaR#8495).

P.S. I’m also hoping to put together a little guide (maybe a series of posts or one bigger post) that will serve as a guide for Pharo newbies, especially some workarounds to common issues that might be well-known to experienced users and hence are not described anywhere, but might be a deal breaker for someone who is just getting started with Pharo. Especially on Windows, since it’s the most problematic (yes, this time around I’m back to working on Windows and there has already been some resistance from Iceberg ;)). SO! If you know some persistent problems and maybe even some workarounds to them, please contact me and together we will save someone hours of frustration! And yes, in the following days I plan to look through the mailing list and discord in search of something like that and credit you, if you provided solutions I will use.

Here’s to a productive summer and I’ll see you all soon,
M

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Myroslava Romaniuk

CS grad who’s always been passionate about writing. likes open source development, and comedy. blog posts are mostly technical pharo stuff.