OmniPascal has finally arrived on Mac and Linux! All the features you know from the Windows version are now available also on Unix like operating systems. These are:
Go to declaration
Automatically implement methods and interfaces
Add units to uses without scrolling
Load search path from project files
Auto generate build and run scripts from Lazarus and Delphi* projects for compiler integration into VSCode
Please keep in mind that the built in Pascal parser has support for Delphi syntax only. So you won’t see great support for ObjectPascal source files using a different dialect. That may change in the future.
*Build scripts for Delphi projects work on Windows only
Please ensure your system allows execution of software from any location!
If you have any problems getting started then please create a bug report, ask on StackOverflow or create a comment under this blog post.
Since this is the first release of OmniPascal for Mac and Linux it’d be a surprise if everything was working right from start.
First release of OmniPascal for Mac and Linux (64 bit)
Change: Generated build and test tasks now run in VSCode’s new terminal runner. That fixes the bug of infinite test runs when the application is waiting for user input via Read/ReadLn.
Enhancement: The project file picker now also lists .dproj and .lpi files
Bug fix: The project file picker was incomplete when opened right after starting the editor
Enhancement: Improved recognition of file encoding when no BOM is present
Bug fix: sometimes OmniPascal forgot the where Delphi is installed
– Execute Add unit to uses in order to add a unit to a uses clause without navigating to the top. Open the command palette (by pressing F1 or CTRL+SHIFT+P) and type “Add unit to uses”. Select the uses clause and a list of all available units will appear. Select the one you want and press enter. The command is also bound to ALT+U
– Automatic implementation of interfaces adds missing units to the uses clause
– Member of typed pointers can be resolved
– Creation of errors and warnings does no longer stop working after a while
– Constants in classes are now resolved properly
– Indexed access on constant resolves now to the definition of that constant / constant array
– Fixed random crashes
– General performance improvements. Especially startup and code completion are much faster.
– Members of type casted identifiers can be resolved
– Code completion works even when working with type casts
– Basic data types like Integer or String appear in code completion
– Added support for Delphi Intrinsic Routines for Windows 32 platform
– True, False and Nil now appear in code completion
– Added support for pointer types
– Names of nested types in generic classes couldn’t be resolved in method implementations
– Names of nested strict private types can be resolved
– Code completion list doesn’t grow anymore when triggered multiple times in classes which inherit from a specialized generic class
– Fixed occasional crashes of OmniPascalServer.exe when editing code with multiple cursors
– Calls to overloaded methods weren’t always resolved correctly based on the parameter count. (Resolving calls to overloaded methods still doesn’t work when multiple versions of a method accept the same amount of parameters)
– Members of items in generic arrays can be resolved
– Name resolving and code completion for symbols defined in the implementation section now works in initialization and finalization section
– The search path will be indexed on start up
– Code completion in uses sections suggests known unit names
– Support for full qualified names like System.Classes.TStringList
– Code completion only suggests types and namespaces when only a type name makes sense in the current context
– Code completion in interface declarations suggests a GUID
– An error is displayed when a unit name doesn’t match its file name
– An error is displayed for duplicate entries in uses section
– An error is displayed for unresolvable entries in uses sections
– A lightbulb appears on unresolvable uses entries which allows to create that file in the current folder
– Hints of hoverered unit names in uses sections look nicer
– Definitions of redeclared properties can be resolved and are part of code completion
– It’s possible to jump to the initial declaration of a redeclared property
– Support for hidden namespaces in uses section (for example “Classes” can be resolved to “System.Classes”)
– Code completion is disabled when defining a new symbol
– Code completion used the wrong scope from time to time especially when hitting the dot inside of if-statements or brackets.
– Signature help now highlights the current parameter as soon as the comma is entered
– Signature help didn’t work when used on a member’s method of an object like ObjectA.Member.Find()
– Warnings for incomplete method definitions in included files were created
– Go to a definition of a symbol which is defined in an included file no longer opens the including file but the include file
– Symbol definitions of included files were part of outlining
– No warnings have been created for missing implementations of overloaded methods if one of those methods already had an implementation
– UTF8 files with BOM header can be parsed now
– Protected symbols which should be invisible were part of code completion in special cases
– References to out parameters without type information (void types) can be found
– Quickinfo for variables of type “file” contained no type information
– Code completion showed empty suggestion item
– Code completion in specialized generic descendants didn’t include protected members of non generic base classes
– Parameterized type names in static method calls couldn’t be resolved
– Method names in static method calls on parameterized type names couldn’t be resolved
…as well as some speed improvements.
– Syntax errors are displayed in the editor
– Method definitions without implementations produce warnings
– Warnings for missing implementations provide a quickfix that creates an empty implementation stub for it. TIP: Open the lightbulb with CTRL+.
– Additional search paths can be defined in configuration file using the "objectpascal.searchPath" parameter. Paths are separated by ;. TIP:"D:\\ThirdPartyComponents\\*" will add the folder "D:\ThirdPartyComponents and all its subfolders recursively to the search path.
– DPR files have now support for code completion
– DPR files have now support for outlining
– Code completion cleaned up from internal compiler methods
– It was impossible to go to the declaration of a procedure that was not a class member
– Fixed undefined internal file state that occured from time to time
– Parameters were not always displayed correctly when hovering a method
– Toggle Method declaration/implementation has become more error tolerant
– Outlining huge files is >10 times faster now
– Create code completions in huge files is >20 times faster now
– OmniPascal generally runs faster and consumes less memory
– Some words like as, mod,div etc. are temporarily not displayed as operators (gray in dark default theme) but as keywords (blue). This change has become necassary as Visual Studio Code broke some details in syntax highlighting with the latest release. Probably operators will be displayed in gray again in the future.
OmniPascal is the newest way to edit Delphi and Free Pascal code. It’s going to support all language features Delphi knows. It will give you code completion, quick code navigation, great syntax highlighting and much more.
Today OmniPascal becomes available for open preview! The current version supports already a lot of useful features as you can see on www.omnipascal.com. And there is much more about to come in the future. OmniPascal aims to become the greatest code editing experience Delphi developers have ever seen.