Time Waster Feedback Reports

Someone on the beta list asked a good question the other day about things that cost you time when using Real Studio.  It’s a really good topic because some really good ideas come out of the brief discussion.  We were kindly reminded that there was no current beta and the topic is more general so I’m bringing it out into the light of day for those not on the beta list.

I have created a Shared Folder in Feedback where you can put your “Top Time Wasters” Feedback reports into for the world to see.  The Feedback link is <feedback://subscribe?folder_id=34>.  There currently about 20 reports in the shared folder that are worthy of your perusal.  A few examples:

  • Plugin compiling glacially slow (currently ranked 768th)
  • The compiler repeatedly prepares plugins.
  • Edit Code button should jump to exact position
  • Add version identifier to plugins
  • Debugger:  Visually mark values that have changed
  • Debugger:  Watchpoints (currently ranked 264th)
  • Debugger:  Show variable values as tooltip when hovering over it (currently ranked 11th)
  • Add Debug Run Default per project (currently ranked 1360th)
  • Standardize Format should be automatic

These are really good ideas that could make my use of Real Studio more efficient.  Feel free to add your own productivity enhancement ideas.  With a new IDE user interface coming there’s no guarantee that RS will use any any of these ideas but you can at least give them some feedback on what you want to see.  The fact that some of these are ranked already says that some already agree with the user who posted it.

My own personal feeling is that the debugger is woefully incomplete.  It needs some redesign and some features added to make our lives easier.  An old ARBP survey asked about things that people wanted and the debugger was a very high want after more powerful grids.

Feel free to add your own in the comments section below, but what would be better is creating a Feedback report and putting it in that shared folder.

4 thoughts on “Time Waster Feedback Reports

  1. You know, when I read your headline in the RSS feed, I thought: Ah, finally Bob is writing a rant about how feedback reports are a waste of time 😀

  2. This precompiling thing is really annoying me. Cases 17890 and 16431. An that case 16431 got to position 34 and still waits to be fixed.
    I wish the Real Software staff would install 50 plugins on their own installations to feel the pain.

  3. Grids… I VERY often need to be able to
    1) Freeze the first column or 2 and be able to horizontally scroll the the rest and being able to scroll vertically too of course.
    2) have Multiline headers with some some lines spanning more than 1 column for grouping
    3) Merge blocks of cells both horizontally and vertically
    4) have most of the normal listbox functionality available too.

    I coded my own listbox subclass to do 3… but even with that it takes 4 listboxes grouped together as a single control to get all that functionality, and it’s not possible (or at least I’ve not figured out how) glue them all together with code to make all function 100% as one would expect for a single grid control

    I have spent a LOT of time on this type of thing numerous times…

    Another time waster I agree is reporting. RB’s report generator does have too may holes, does not create the nicest looking output and most of the time I need to create reports as PDFs Xplatform which it does not do…

    Luckily for the latter I still have Asher Dunn’ s last open source release of his PDF classes. I use that to create my ‘printed’ reports. While they are significantly limited in some ways, so far they have had enough functionality for my modest needs, and being open source i can fix any issues that come up with changes in RB itself. So I code my reports manually rather than use the report generator

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