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26Feb/061

BBAutoComplete

When I started moving my programming workflow over from the stone tools Emacs+GCC approach I'd been used to for so long to something more Mac-like, I got pretty comfortable with TextWrangler and BBEdit, but I kept occasionally going back to Emacs specifically for dabbrev-complete mode.

It's one of those tools that you just can't do without once you get used to it -- autocompleting arbitrary text and magically getting the completion suggestions right is pretty handy and great even if your codebase doesn't have the addiction to super-long identifier names that my current employer does.

I sure wish I'd known about BBAutoComplete a long time ago. It's almost exactly dabbrev for scriptable Mac applications like TW and BBEdit, and it's free.

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  1. Also, option-escape and F5 will auto-complete in any Cocoa text view or field. The spelling dictionary and the current contents of the text container you’re working with are where it gets its suggestions from.


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