Over the last couple of weeks I’ve started implementing Run support for Builder. This is somewhat tricky business since we care about complicated manners. Everything from autotools support to profiler/debugger integration to flatpak and jhbuild runtime support. Each of these complicates and contorts the problem in various directions.
Discovering the “target binary” in your project via autotools is no easy task. We have a few clever tricks but more are needed. One thing we don’t support yet is discovering bin_SCRIPTS. So launching targets like python or gjs applications is not ready yet. Once we discover .desktop files that should start working. Pretty much any other build system would be easier to implement this.
So much work behind the scenes for a cute little button.
While running, you can click stop to kill the spawned application’s process group.
But that is not all that is going on. Matthew Leeds has been working on search and replace recently (as well as a whole bunch of paper cuts). That work has landed and it is looking really good!
Also exciting is that thanks to Sebastien Lafargue we have a fancy new color picker that integrated with Builder’s source editor. You can visualize colors in your source files and change them using the dropper or numerous sliders based on how you’d like to tweak the color.
I still have a bunch of things I want to land before GUADEC, so back to the hacker den for me.