IDLWAVE offers completion for class names, routine names, keywords,
system variables, system variable tags, class structure tags, regular
structure tags and file names. As in many programming modes, completion
is bound to M-<TAB> (or simply <TAB> in the IDLWAVE
Shell; see Using the Shell). Completion uses exactly the same
internal information as routine info, so when necessary (rarely) it can
be updated with C-c C-i (
The completion function is context sensitive and figures out what to complete based on the location of the point. Here are example lines and what M-<TAB> would try to complete when the cursor is on the position marked with a ‘_’:
plo_ Procedure x = a_ Function plot,xra_ Keyword of
plotprocedure plot,x,y,/x_ Keyword of
plotprocedure plot,min(_ Keyword of
minfunction obj -> a_ Object method (procedure) a[2,3] = obj -> a_ Object method (function) x = obj_new('IDL_ Class name x = obj_new('MyCl',a_ Keyword to
Initmethod in class
MyClpro A_ Class name pro _ Fill in
Class::of first method in this file !v_ System variable !version.t_ Structure tag of system variable self.g_ Class structure tag in methods state.w_ Structure tag, if tag completion enabled name = 'a_ File name (default inside quotes)
The only place where completion is ambiguous is procedure/function keywords versus functions. After ‘plot,x,_’, IDLWAVE will always assume a keyword to ‘plot’. However, a function is also a possible completion here. You can force completion of a function name at such a location by using a prefix arg: C-u M-<TAB>.
Giving two prefix arguments (C-u C-u M-<TAB>) prompts for a regular expression to search among the commands to be completed. As an example, completing a blank line in this way will allow you to search for a procedure matching a regexp.
If the list of completions is too long to fit in the *Completions* window, the window can be scrolled by pressing M-<TAB> repeatedly. Online help (if installed) for each possible completion is available by clicking with mouse-3 on the item. Items for which system online help (from the IDL manual) is available will be emphasized (e.g., colored blue). For other items, the corresponding source code or DocLib header will be used as the help text.
Completion is not a blocking operation; you are free to continue editing, enter commands, or simply ignore the *Completions* buffer during a completion operation. If, however, the most recent command was a completion, C-g will remove the buffer and restore the window configuration. You can also remove the buffer at any time with no negative consequences.
nilmeans completion automatically adds ‘=’ after completed keywords.
nilmeans completion automatically adds ‘(’ after completed function. A value of 2 means also add the closing parenthesis and position the cursor between the two.
nilmeans restore window configuration after successful completion.