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04/10/14, 11:45 PM   #1
Tinuviel
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IntelliJ and sylvanaar

Hi there,

As I am a professional developer that works in Visual Studio all day, I guess I'm a bit spoiled by IDE's with a good feature set. Specifically, I missed syntax checking and code completion (intellisense). Because of this, I looked around for a bit and finally found a very good solution. It adds both missing features - and after configuration - full API intellisense. As such, I figured I would share my findings with other developers.





IDE: IntelliJ Community Edition. You can find it here: http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/download/

After IntelliJ is installed, you then need to add LUA support, and luckly someone already made a plugin for this! To install it, open IntelliJ and go to File->Settings->Plugins, click on 'Browse Repositories', search for 'Lua', and click 'Install'. If you want more information about the plugin itself, you can find it here: https://bitbucket.org/sylvanaar2/lua-for-idea/wiki/Home.

Now all that is needed is to add the ESO API into the intellisense. This requires a set of .lua files that define the functions and constants. There was nothing out there I could find in this format, so I created them myself! Simply extract this zip out to a folder and you're ready for the next step:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4gbmmerpes...lls-online.zip.

These lua files were generated with a set of powershell scripts I created. With those, I copy/paste the api information off the esoui wiki pages into a text document, save the document, then run the powershell scripts. For those interested in those scripts, please PM me.

To enable to API intellisense:
Create a new project, select 'Lua' as your framework, press 'configure', choose 'LuaJ' then press the '+' button on the right. In the dialog that pops up, select the folder you extracted earlier.

Now when you make new projects just select the 'LuaJ' target, and you will have intellisense for the ESO API and your own code!

Last edited by Tinuviel : 04/11/14 at 12:41 PM. Reason: I was super tired when I wrote this, so I just cleaned up a lot of grammar.
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04/11/14, 12:13 PM   #2
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Corrected your typo in the title (in sylv's name).

I remember when he made that for WoW...
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04/11/14, 10:46 PM   #3
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Well take a look at "Havok Script":
http://www.havok.com/products/script

It's what the game uses.
As you can see it has an IDE with intelliSense, etc.

One could probably get a basic license, maybe an "indie" license, or something for cheap.
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04/15/14, 12:29 PM   #4
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Does the syntax checker from IntelliJ just mark lexical errors or grammatical errors, too?

In example, will it tell you that this code is not valid LUA:

if a == false then
local bla = a
else if b == false then
local bla = b
end


(Just wondering if it's worth to switch the IDE, but don't want less features.)
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04/15/14, 05:04 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Iyanga View Post
Does the syntax checker from IntelliJ just mark lexical errors or grammatical errors, too?

In example, will it tell you that this code is not valid LUA:

if a == false then
local bla = a
else if b == false then
local bla = b
end


(Just wondering if it's worth to switch the IDE, but don't want less features.)
Just looked, and it doesn't.
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04/15/14, 05:13 PM   #6
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Thank you for you hard work - is it possible to implement your script in Eclipse too?

I prefer to work with Eclipse because IntelliJ is to slow on my system, and Eclipse offers the usual great debug and work interface (at least in my eyes maybe just used to it)
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04/20/14, 03:18 AM   #7
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Thanks Tinuviel, thats helpful!


@Iyanga: What IDE do you use?
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04/21/14, 09:35 PM   #8
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I work all day in Visual Studio.

I should probably use an IDE for Lua too, eh? I've done everything up to this point in Notepad++.
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04/21/14, 09:52 PM   #9
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<3 Notepad++
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04/22/14, 12:03 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Wykkyd View Post
I work all day in Visual Studio.

I should probably use an IDE for Lua too, eh? I've done everything up to this point in Notepad++.
Originally Posted by Seerah View Post
<3 Notepad++
Notepad++

IntelliJ + ESO Lua looks interesting though, might have to use it for the next project. Thanks for the tip
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04/22/14, 01:30 PM   #11
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Nobody use good old Notepad anymore?

Gonna test this with VS. Hopefully it works in 2010.
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04/28/14, 08:54 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Wykkyd View Post
...I've done everything up to this point in Notepad++.
Npp
Best thing ever.
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04/28/14, 10:04 AM   #13
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Nice find! Whilst Notepad++ is pretty good, I've been using Ultra Edit for around 15 years.
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04/28/14, 10:47 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Stormknight View Post
Nice find! Whilst Notepad++ is pretty good, I've been using Ultra Edit for around 15 years.
Uedit32 is great

And fast... Its great to use it to when you want to edit HUUUUUUUUUUUGE files since it handles those quite nicely
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05/05/14, 04:33 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Wykkyd View Post
I work all day in Visual Studio.

I should probably use an IDE for Lua too, eh? I've done everything up to this point in Notepad++.
Heh, and I thought I am the only one doing this

I think I will stay with Notepad++ as I do not need to compile LUA before running it, thus I see no real need for a development environment. Sure it would be nice to have auto completion suggestions for code but unless all the ESO internal functions are supported I see no real need, as lua itself is not that much different to all other programming languages
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05/05/14, 04:51 AM   #16
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Hey,
the code copletion feature in IntelliJ looks great. I'm using LuaEdit but I don't know if it's possible to add the eso api to thier code copletion mechanism.
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05/10/14, 10:07 PM   #17
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Thumbs up Thanks

Thanks very much for providing this. It's been most helpful!
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05/11/14, 02:31 AM   #18
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vi

Tried, trusted, and true... I find the compiler does a pretty damned good job of showing errors.
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05/11/14, 12:46 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by CatoTheElder View Post
vi

Tried, trusted, and true... I find the compiler does a pretty damned good job of showing errors.
Personally, I'm waiting for someone to write an EMACS major mode...
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05/11/14, 02:15 PM   #20
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Thanks for the info. I am working in VS the whole day, too. Right now I am only using Notepad++ for my small addons, but I guess I could start to organize them a bit better and a better IDE would be helpful for that.
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