GVls 0.14.0 Released

GNOME Vala Language Server, GVls, 0.14.0 has been released!

GVls has been integrated with GNOME Builder and now is its default Vala Language Server!

New features include:

* Completion: implementing filtering on partial words
* SourceView: on completion now provides just the position on code
* onChange: improved UTF-8 handling
* Server: can configure its defaults
* Server: request configuration after ‘initialized’ notification from the client
* Server: can handle configuration changes notifications
* Server: scan for all vala sources in workspace at initialization
* Server: can request configuration from Client
* Server: implemented diagnostics publication
* Server: can response both DocumentSymbol[] or SymbolInformation[] for textDocument/documentSymbol
* Server: search all symbols in a namespace
* Client: can provide build environment server configuration
* Client: expose Vala build settings at server initialization
* Client: can send configuration changes notifications
* Client: notify ‘initialized’ to the server
* Client: notify ‘didChangeConfiguration’ to the server
* ValaConfiguration: new Vala build environment settings object
* General fixes on Variant deserialization
* GNOME Builder: fixes to handle its requests
* API changes due to fixes

Current features will help to integrate GVls with other LSP clients like VSCode, implementing a Client to connect to GVls’s Server.

Now opening for 0.16 release cycle will include a refactoring of the server to share more common VAPI files like glib-2.0 and others.

Memory Footprint

For small projects like GVls or GXml, you have descent 150MB memory footprint and good response time, but for large projects like Vala, that will be increased to 6.9GB!!! unacceptable in my small resources machine, so we need to take action here!

Database driven storage can help on! Store parsed symbols in a database will help to share common used VAPI and reduce footprint on large projects with a possible impact on Server’s response time. My first is to use VDA to get access to simple SQLite or more powerful PostgreSQL servers (may you want to implement any other native or use existing GDA backend), some of the work has been made by Anjuta, so we can share databases or data model or make GVls the server for Anjuta.

Author: despinosa

Linux and GNOME user, full time, since 2001. Actual maintainer of GXml and contributor to other projects mainly on GObject Introspection support.

One thought on “GVls 0.14.0 Released”

  1. Thanks for working on this!

    Do you know if there’s Emacs support for the language server spec, by any chance? 🙂

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