kate lsp client plugin

Mark Nauwelaerts mark.nauwelaerts at gmail.com
Mon Jun 24 22:55:13 BST 2019

On 24/06/19 14:32, Christoph Cullmann wrote:
> Hi,
> On 2019-06-23 21:16, Mark Nauwelaerts wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> A while ago, I started to develop an LSP client plugin for kate. In my
>> enthusiasm, I did not notice until recently that there was another
>> approach at doing so (as mentioned here;
>> https://cullmann.io/posts/kate-lsp-client-progress/). Consequently, my
>> plugin's development is not related to the existing lsp branch and is
>> also a separate plugin (not integrated into project plugin).  In
>> particular, the LSP protocol code is plain-and-simple (and home-grown)
>> but nevertheless effective and the plugin is already in fairly good
>> shape (even if say so myself ;-) ).  It provides a symbol outline
>> (like the SymbolViewer plugin), completion and goto definition, all of
>> the former having been tested with clangd and python-language-server.
> ;=) Mine does close to nothing (beside goto definition sometimes) and
> was only tested with clangd, that means this already sounds better than
> my state.
>> The plugin code can be found in a github mirror fork;
>> https://github.com/mnauw/kate/tree/lspclient.  Although in reasonable
>> shape, it is still a work-in-progress and quite volatile.  I hope and
>> expect to work on it on a daily basis in the coming weeks, to polish
>> and refine the existing code (for corner cases) and to add support for
>> declaration, references, signatureHelp, diagnostics (and maybe some
>> other low hanging fruit).  All going well, it should end up in good
>> state by early September (crossing some fingers) ...  And when/if in
>> good shape, I obviously hope it could head into Kate master :-)
> I still need to look at the code and give it a try, but already now
> a heads-up for working on this.
> I will try it out, I have no bit attachment to my code (which is mostly a
> copy of a lot of QtCreator stuff). If your approach works well and
> you are up to work on in more in the future, I would have no issues
> to take that one as the official thing for kate.git later on.
> Greetings & Thanks for the work!
> Christoph
>> Regards,
>> Mark
Thanks for the positive feedback and reception!  I will continue to work on it 
and if/when useful post some spam^Hupdate on progress.  I will also have a look 
at supporting standalone compilation, as suggested ...


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