Function List

What is Function List

Function List Panel is a zone to display all the functions (or method) found in the current file. The user can use the Function List Panel to access a function definition quickly by double clicking function item on the list. Function List can be customized to list the functions for whichever language. For customizing Function List to recognize your favorite language, please check below.

Function list contains a search engine (by using regular expression) and a panel to display the search result (function list). It is designed to be as generic as possible, and allows user to modify the way to search, or to add new parser for any programming language. In order to make function list work for your language (if not supported), you should modify functionList.xml. It can be found in %APPDATA%\notepad++\ or in the Notepad++ installed directory if you use zip package.

How to customize function list

In parser node it contains:

  • id: uniq ID for this parser
  • displayName: reserved for future use.
  • comment: Optional. you can make a regular expression in this attribute in order to identify comment zones. The identified zones will be ignored by search.

There are 3 kinds of parsers: function parser, class parser and mix parser. Define a function parser if the language has only functions to parse (for example C). Define a class parser if the language has functions “defined” in a class, but no function defined outside of a class (for example Java). Define a mix parser if you have function “defined” both inside and ouside of a class in a file (for example C++).

A function parser contains only a function node. A class parser contains only a classRange node. A mix parser contains both function and classRange nodes.

Function parser

In function node it contains:

  • mainExpr: it’s the regex to get the whole string which contains all the informations you need.
  • displayMode: reserved for future use.
  • functionName: define a or several regular expression to get the function name from the result of “mainExpr” attribute of “function” node.

    • nameExpr: 1..N
      • expr: here you define the regular expression to find the function name.
  • className: define a or several regular expression to get the class name from the result of “mainExpr”.

    • nameExpr: 1..N
      • expr: here you define the regular expression to find the function name.

Both functionName and className nodes are optional. If functionName and className are absent, then the found string by mainExpr regular expression will be processed as function name, and the class name won’t be used.

The nodes functionName and className have the same structure, and they have the same parsing behaviour. For example, in the functionName node, we got 2 nameExpr nodes: If the function parser find the first result by mainExpr attribute, then it will use the first nameExpr to search in the first result, if found (the 2nd result), then it will use the 2nd nameExpr to search in the 2nd result. If found, then the function name is solved.

Class parser

In classRange node it contains:

  • mainExr: the main whole string to serach
  • displayMode: reserved for future use.
  • openSymbole & closeSymbole: they are optional. if defined, then the parser will determinate the zone of this class. It find first openSymbole from the first character of found string by mainExpr attribute. then it determinates the end of class by closeSymbole found. The algorithm deals with the several levels of imbrication. for example: \{\{\{\}\{\}\}\{\}\}
  • className: 1 (or more) nameExpr node for determinating class name (from the result of mainExpr searching).
  • function: search in the class zone by using mainExpr attribute and the functionName nodes.

Mix parser

Mix Parser contains Class parser (classRange node) and Function parser (function node). Class parser will be applied firstly to find class zones, then function parser will be applied on non-class zones.

Once you finish to defined your parser, you can associate it with Notepad++ internal language id (or with file extension), in order to make it works with the language you want. All you need to do is add association node(s) into associationMap node.

In associationMap, it contains:

  • association: 1 or several nodes to make associations between defined parsers and languages.
    • langID: Notepad++ internal language ID.
    • userDefinedLangName: User Defined Language Name. It makes association between User Defined Language and the parser. If langID is present, this attribute will be ignored.
    • ext: File name extesion (should contain .). If langID or userDefinedLangName is present, this attribute will be ignored.
    • id: Parser ID.