21 4 / 2012
I’ve been reading The Pragmatic Programmer (http://pragprog.com/the-pragmatic-programmer) and one thing they really emphasize (other than Don’t Repeat Yourself) is trying to make sure the computer doesn’t get in your way while programming.
I’ve made a few tweaks that should make my programming life more streamlined.
- In my ~/.inputrc, I added
set editing-mode viwhich makes the Python interpreter act like vi instead of emacs. I don’t type a lot of code into the interpreter, but it’s nice that my muscle memory will be more applicable.
- On my Mac, at some point, the Python interpreter began doing filename autocomplete (and stopped inserting tabs). I think I noticed the latter first, but the former makes it worth having to type those 4 spaces. I decided to try to implement this on my Debian VM, and found this documentation: http://docs.python.org/tutorial/interactive.html
- I figured out how to make the vi modeline specify language. Whitespace is key!
# vim: set filetype=python :
Although of course the time I most often use tab completion of files in the interpreter is when I’m writing tests, and this means in the long term I should work on automating more types of tests.
Now I have to see if my Debian vi has Python language tab completion.
…and speaking of muscle memory, I just typed :wq to save this blog post. :)
Edit: Somehow I broke literally everything I just did, and I can’t figure out why it’s broken. Tab completion will only show me the current directory.