[Qt-creator] Qt-Creator: the variant of project's tree

Ziller Eike Eike.Ziller at theqtcompany.com
Thu Nov 19 08:58:35 CET 2015

> On Nov 18, 2015, at 10:19 PM, Tobias Hunger <tobias.hunger at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Ignat,
> yes, we should probably have a more configurable file tree. Many users
> seem to want that. In fact there is a really old bug report about this
> somewhere if I remember correctly. Nobody bothered to implement this
> so far though.
> On Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 8:24 PM, Ignat Awwit <ignatius.awwit at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have a very interesting idea how to create a comfortable file tree
>> project.
>> (It seems to me that it is really very convenient for developers of C++
>> applications)
>> Now files in the project's tree are grouped by Headers and Sources
>> For example:
> <snip>
> The projects view is actually meant to be a representation of the
> build system. So we try to stay as close as possible to how the build
> system in use by the project structures the project information.
> So for qmake projects we have Headers and Sources (HEADERS and SOURCES
> in the .pro-files), for other build systems we have a different
> layout. We need to do that since, especially for the build systems
> where we can actually modify the build system itself from the UI. We
> need the project view for that.
> Many users apparently want a tree structure for navigation purposes.
> We should have something for those users, but that can not be the
> project view IMHO.
>> I propose a solution: the files should be grouped according to the names of
>> the entities, and the choice of a particular file can occur by clicking on
>> the icon of the file extension.
>> For example:
>> - Folder
>> Header [h]
>> Main [h] [cpp]
>> Test [h] [cpp] [inc]
>> [h], [cpp] and [inc] are the icons of files' extensions.
>> This option will make the search for the necessary file in a project much
>> easier.
> If you want to get to any file fast: Hit Ctrl-K and start typing part
> of the name or search for the class name or a method name you
> remember. That is way faster than scanning a tree, independent of the
> layout chosen.

Btw, you can also use Ctrl+f in the project tree.

> But if you want to scan for a file in a tree, then this suggestion
> probably makes sense. There are details like when to group files: Do
> they need to be in the same directory to be grouped or can you e.g.
> have your include files in a separate folder?
> How would you navigate in such a tree with a keyboard?
> Should this take project structure (as found in the build system) into
> account somehow? Or should this be purely based on file system layout?
>> I hope you will read and evaluate my message.
>> I'm waiting for an answer from you: what do you think?
> We read everything (at least here on the list and in the bug tracker),
> no worry. We may not respond, but we do read it:-)
> Best Regards,
> Tobias
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