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What's new in Sprint 8

We didn't add major new user-visible features in Sprint 8. Our main goals for the sprint were architectural:

  • Make progress on the extensibility architecture of Brackets
    • Created some prototype extensions in order to see what we need to improve. These have been checked into master in the extensions/disabled folder; to try them out, copy them to the extensions/user folder.
    • Wrote up some notes on ways we should improve extensibility: Extension Experiments
  • Begin investigating how to instrument Brackets for performance: file open, typing speed

In addition, we began accepting contributions from the open source community as well as other people outside the original Brackets team. Here are a few of the more notable ones:

  • ryanstewart made the sidebar resizable
  • jhatwich fixed the "dirty" indicator so it properly disappears when you undo back to your last saved state
  • conradz made the menus more usable by making it so once a menu is open, other menus open on hover instead of having to click again
  • jrowny started working on a prototype code snippets/templates extension: brackets-snippets

Bugs fixed in Sprint 8

See closed sprint 8 bugs. A few other bugs might have been fixed that weren't tagged.

Known issues in Sprint 8

  • Sometimes CEF's browser cache gets corrupted. If you're getting crashes or find that it's not remembering the last folder you opened in the sidebar, you can delete the cache folder at ~/Library/Application Support/com.adobe.Brackets.cefCache (Mac) or ...<username>\AppData\Roaming\Brackets\cefCache (Win).
  • Pasting text multiple times adds an extra blank line each time after the first.
  • The Brackets native shell sometimes crashes while running unit tests.
  • The scroll position isn't kept for files that aren't in the working set, so if you browse around in the file tree, you'll always start at the top of the file.
  • Open and Quick Open don't add files to the working set automatically.
  • Resizing the window feels sluggish.
  • Autoindent on return may not always do what you want, especially for multi-line argument lists in JS function calls.
  • Touchpad throw scrolling appears jittery due to issues with the mousewheel events generated by WebKit (https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=81040).

Upcoming features

Here are some things we're planning to do over the next few sprints:

  • Better extensibility mechanism for menu items and keyboard shortcuts
  • Finalize which native shell we'll be using in the future for the desktop app
  • Investigate using node.js as our native extensibility mechanism in the desktop app
  • Continue performance instrumentation
  • Add an official Quick Edit editor for JavaScript methods
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