lab 102 - python acme client
A recent post to 9phackers announced Pyxp, another implementation of Styx in Python.
I immediately downloaded Pyxp and tried it out. I had no trouble using it so I started thinking about python clients I could write. Python is still new to me so writing a styx client was an excuse to get more practice.
I started with an acme client. I translated the acmewin limbo module I use for most acme-sac clients to python. Below is a simple example opening a new acme window and doing some operations on it.
from acmewin import Acmewin win = Acmewin() win.writebody("hello, world!\n\n\n") win.tagwrite("Hello") win.writebody("goodbye") win.replace("/goodbye/", "GOODBYE") win.select(",") win.show()
Remember to export the namespace before trying it out.
% styxlisten -A 'tcp!*!localhost' export / % textclient.py
I recently saw on Hacker News a repost of Peter Norvig's spelling corrector. I thought this would make an easy first trial of my python acmewin code. I implemented a client to offer spelling suggestions to an editor window. It works somewhat like my earlier acme content assist code. This client opens the event file of another window it is assisting and writes text out to its own window. In this case it offers a suggested spelling for the word currently being typed.
Here's the implementation. Note that this is single threaded and it is not reading the event file of the second window. I haven't gotten that far in the Python book.
#!/dis/python26 import sys from acmewin import Acmewin import spell win = Acmewin(int(sys.argv)) outwin = Acmewin() while True: (c1, c2, q0, q2, flag, nr, r) = win.getevent() if c2 in "xX": if flag & 2: win.getevent() if flag & 8: win.getevent() win.getevent() win.writeevent(c1, c2, q0, q2) if c2 == "x" and r == "Del": outwin.delete() break if c1 == "K" and c2 == "I": ch = r if ch in " \t\r\n": outwin.replace(",", "") continue while q0 >= 0 and not (ch in " \t\r\n"): sss = win.read(q0, q0+1) if not sss: # print("empty sss %d" % q0) sss = " " ch = sss q0 -= 1 if q0 < 0 and not(ch in " \t\r\n"): q0 = 0 else: q0 += 2 ss = win.read(q0,q2) lastcorrect = spell.correct(ss) outwin.replace(",", lastcorrect)
To run this we need to know the id of the window we are assisting, so we need a wrapper to send the $acmewin environment variable as an arg to the script. For that I have a script called SpellAssist.
#!/dis/sh $home/python/assist.py $acmewin
Now that I have a simple assist-like client working I'd like to develop it further. I'd like to try having content assist for python inside acme. It should be possible to adapt the python code that implements the IDLE editor to this purpose.