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README.md

ElixirSense

An API/Server for Elixir projects that provides context-aware information for code completion, documentation, go/jump to definition, signature info and more.

Usage

git clone https://github.com/msaraiva/elixir_sense.git
cd elixir_sense
elixir run.exs socket_type port env

Where:

  • socket_type - Can be either unix (Unix domain socket) or tcpip.
  • port - Specifies which port number to use. Setting port to 0 will make the underlying OS assign an available port number.
  • env - The environment. Possible values are dev or test

Example (using Unix domain socket):

$ elixir run.exs unix 0 dev
ok:localhost:/tmp/elixir-sense-some_generated_unique_id.sock

Example (using TCP/IP):

$ elixir run.exs tcpip 0 dev
ok:localhost:56789:AUTH_TOKEN

Note: AUTH_TOKEN is an authentication token generated by the server. All requests sent over tcp/ip must contain this token.

Connecting to the server

The TCP server sends/receives data using a simple binary protocol. All messages are serialized into Erlang's External Term Format. Clients that want to communicate with the server must serialize/deserialize data into/from this format.

Example using :gen_tcp

{:ok, socket} = :gen_tcp.connect({:local, '/tmp/elixir-sense-some_generated_unique_id.sock'}, 0, [:binary, active: false, packet: 4])

ElixirSense.Server.ContextLoader.set_context("dev", "PATH_TO_YOUR_PROJECT")

code = """
defmodule MyModule do
  alias List, as: MyList
  MyList.flatten(par0,
end
"""

request = %{
  "request_id" => 1,
  "auth_token" => nil,
  "request" => "signature",
  "payload" => %{
    "buffer" => code,
    "line" => 3,
    "column" => 23
  }
}

data = :erlang.term_to_binary(request)
:ok = :gen_tcp.send(socket, data)
{:ok, response} = :gen_tcp.recv(socket, 0)
:erlang.binary_to_term(response)

The output:

%{request_id: 1,
  payload: %{
    active_param: 1,
    pipe_before: false,
    signatures: [
      %{documentation: "Flattens the given `list` of nested lists.",
        name: "flatten",
        params: ["list"],
        spec: "@spec flatten(deep_list) :: list when deep_list: [any | deep_list]"
      },
      %{documentation: "Flattens the given `list` of nested lists.\nThe list `tail` will be added at the end of\nthe flattened list.",
        name: "flatten",
        params: ["list", "tail"],
        spec: "@spec flatten(deep_list, [elem]) :: [elem] when deep_list: [elem | deep_list], elem: var"
      }
    ]},
  error: nil
}

Example using elixir-sense-client.js

let client = new ElixirSenseClient('localhost', '/tmp/elixir-sense-some_generated_unique_id.sock', null, "dev", PATH_TO_YOUR_PROJECT)

code = `
  defmodule MyModule do
    alias List, as: MyList
    MyList.flatten(par0,
  end
`;

client.send("signature", { buffer: code, line: 4, column: 25 }, (result) => {
  console.log(result);
});

Testing

$ mix deps.get
$ mix test

A few of the tests require a source installation of Elixir which you can accomplish with asdf (use ref:v1.7.1) or kiex

To run the tests that require a source installation of Elixir run:

mix test --include requires_source

For coverage:

mix coveralls

Credits

  • This project probably wouldn't even exist without all the work done by Samuel Tonini and all contributors from alchemist-server.
  • The Expand feature was inspired by the mex tool by Luc Fueston. There's also a very nice post where he describes the whole process of Building A Macro-Expansion Helper for IEx.

License (The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2017 Marlus Saraiva

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the 'Software'), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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