Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Logger Snippets for VS Code

Snippets are a common feature in text editors, allowing you to essentially paste in a snippet of code from some library somewhere.

Snippets appear for selection as you start typing, and the editor will paste in the entire content of the snippet.

Snippets in VS Code

VS code snippets also have the ability to focus the cursor, ready for typing.

It's very closely related to code completion concepts, applied in VS Code with Intellisense. Vito on Twitter suggested perhaps these should be incorporated into intellisense instead of snippets. I think perhaps that might be a personal choice.

I found following the guide useful in getting started

And I thought I'd start with the Logger template, since I've finally converted.

I quickly ended up in the deep end, but swimming well. In a few strokes, I can add this entire block of text, with the three instances of the procedure name highlighted, ready to type over. That's pretty cool.

This took 5 keystrokes

I figured a few variations of the entire text would be useful, so now as I type "log", I can tab, then start typing my log text.

 The first few commands at the start of a procedure form another snippet, with the parameter name ready to type.

If I'm going to logger, I'm saving some typing...

I extended this to include two parameters, and as you tab out of the first, the second two 'tabstops' are highlighted.

With all the magic going on by Adrian Png et al, I was a little surprised someone hadn't already published something for Logger.
If you're keen, here's my snippets so far. I haven't really thought too hard about the names yet, they're pretty much as I've smashed them out.
Others on Twitter suggested they might send through a few examples they use, I was going to wait for some more inspiration.

 // Place your global snippets here. Each snippet is defined under a snippet name and has a scope, prefix, body and
 // description. Add comma separated ids of the languages where the snippet is applicable in the scope field. If scope
 // is left empty or omitted, the snippet gets applied to all languages. The prefix is what is
 // used to trigger the snippet and the body will be expanded and inserted. Possible variables are:
 // $1, $2 for tab stops, $0 for the final cursor position, and ${1:label}, ${2:another} for placeholders.
 // Placeholders with the same ids are connected.
 // Example:
 // "Print to console": {
 //  "scope": "javascript,typescript",
 //  "prefix": "log",
 //  "body": [
 //   "console.log('$1');",
 //   "$2"
 //  ],
 //  "description": "Log output to console"
 // }
"logger_proc" : {
 "scope" : "plsql",
 "prefix" : "logger",
  "procedure ${1:proc_name}("
    ,"p_param1_todo in varchar2)"
    ,"\tl_scope logger_logs.scope%type := gc_scope_prefix || '${1:proc_name}';"
    ,"\tl_params logger.tab_param;"
    ,"\tlogger.append_param(l_params, 'p_param1_todo', p_param1_todo);"
    ,"\tlogger.log('START', l_scope, null, l_params);"
    ,"  ..."
    ,"  -- All calls to logger should pass in the scope"
    ,"  ..."
    ,"\tlogger.log('END', l_scope);"
    ,"when no_data_found then"
 ,"  logger.log_error('No data found', l_scope, null, l_params);"
 ,"  raise;"
 ,"end ${1:proc_name};"
  ,"description": "Logger procedure definition"
,"logger_log" : {
   "scope" : "plsql"
  ,"prefix" : "logger"
  ,"body":[ "logger.log('$1', l_scope);"]
  ,"description": "Logger single line"

,"logger_log_val" : {
  "scope" : "plsql"
 ,"prefix" : "logger"
 ,"body":[ "logger.log('$1'||$1, l_scope);"]
 ,"description": "Logger value"

,"logger_scope" : {
  "scope" : "plsql"
 ,"prefix" : "logger"
 ,"body":[ "gc_scope_prefix constant varchar2(31) := lower(\\$\\$plsql_unit) || '.';"]
 ,"description": "Logger scope prefix"

,"logger_start" : {
  "scope" : "plsql"
 ,"prefix" : "logger"
 ,"body":[ "logger.append_param(l_params, '${1:param_name}', $1);"
          ,"logger.append_param(l_params, '${2:param_name}', $2);"
          ,"logger.log('START', l_scope, null, l_params);"]
 ,"description": "Logger start lines"

,"logger_updated_rows" : {
  "scope" : "plsql"
 ,"prefix" : "logger"
 ,"body":[ "logger.log(sql%rowcount||' ${1:param_name}', l_scope);"]
 ,"description": "Logger updated rows"

,"logger_updated_end" : {
  "scope" : "plsql"
 ,"prefix" : "logger"
 ,"body":[ "logger.log('END: '||sql%rowcount||' updated', l_scope);"]
 ,"description": "Logger updated end"

,"logger_variables" : {
  "scope" : "plsql"
 ,"prefix" : "logger"
 ,"body":[   "\tl_scope logger_logs.scope%type := gc_scope_prefix || '${1:proc_name}';"
            ,"\tl_params logger.tab_param;"
 ,"description": "Logger variables"

,"apex_url" : {
  "scope" : "plsql"
 ,"prefix" : "apex"
 ,"body":[   "f?p=&APP_ID:&APP_PAGE_ID:&SESSION.:&REQUEST.:&DEBUG.::::"
 ,"description": "APEX URL"


The trickiest bit was escaping the dollar signs for plsql_unit. Thanks Stack Overflow.

Perhaps this set of JSON could be transformed into the Intellisense format. That would make an interesting SQL exercise...

Next step, start organising my own stuff on GIT, instead of blog posts and other documents.


Anonymous said...

Very cool! Can't wait to try it. Thanks!

Scott Wesley said...

A few weeks in, this is awesome. I can't wait to expand it to include other stuff.

I have a whole bunch of JavaScript one-liners I'd like to work on soon.