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Doc: experimental Clang code model plugin

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\contentspage index.html
\previouspage creator-diff-editor.html
\page creator-clang-codemodel.html
\nextpage creator-finding-overview.html
\title Parsing C++ Files
The \e {code model} is the part of an IDE that understands the language you
are using to write your application. It is the framework that allows \QC
to provide the following services:
\li Code completion
\li Syntactic and semantic highlighting
\li Navigating in the code by using the locator, following symbols, and
so on
\li Inspecting code by using the class browser, the outline, and so on
\li Diagnostics and tooltips
\li Finding and renaming symbols
\li Refactoring actions
An IDE needs a parser for the language and the semantic
analyzes. The only difference between a code model and a compiler is that a
code model does not generate an executable.
As \l{}{Clang} is a compiler, as well as a code model,
it provides accurate information. The feedback you get through warning and
error markers is the same as the compiler will give you, not an incomplete
set or a close approximation, as when using the built-in \QC code model.
Clang focuses on detailed information for diagnostics, which is really
useful if the code contains typos, for example.
Also, Clang already supports C++98/03, C89 and C99, Objective-C
(and Objective-C++), and C++11 support is in active development.
On the downside, for large projects using Clang as code model is slower than
using the built-in code model. Clang does not need to generate object files,
but it still needs to parse and analyze the source files. For small projects
that only use STL, this is relatively fast. But for larger projects that
include several files, processing a single file and all the included files
can take a while.
To make parsing faster, pre-compiled headers are ignored by default. You can
specify that Clang processes them in \gui {Code Model} options.
The following services are currently implemented in the experimental Clang
code model plugin:
\li Highlighting
\li Code completion
To use the plugin, you must build it and configure it in \QC.
\section1 Building Clang Code Model Plugin
\list 1
\li To build the Clang code model plugin, you must acquire Clang and
LLVM in one of the following ways:
\li Build optimized versions of LLVM and Clang, as instructed in
{Getting Started: Building and Running Clang}.
The instructions describe how to build debug versions. To
build optimized versions, enter the following command
instead of just \c make:
For information about Git mirrors, see
{Git Mirror}.
Install the built versions by entering the following
\c{make install}
\li Download and install LLVM from the
\l{}{LLVM Download Page} or
\l{}{LLVM Snapshot Builds}.
\li Use the package manager of your system.
\li Set LLVM_INSTALL_DIR to point to the installation directory
of LLVM either as part of the build environment or pass it directly
to qmake when you build \QC.
The following are examples of the LLVM_INSTALL_DIR values to use
depending on the installation method:
\li Installed via package manager on Linux:
\c {LLVM_INSTALL_DIR=/usr/lib/llvm-3.4}
\li Manually built on Unix in release mode:
\c {LLVM_INSTALL_DIR=$HOME/llvm-build/Release+Asserts}
\li Installed from a snapshot on Windows:
The following messages indicate that the Clang code model plugin is
\li \c {Project MESSAGE: Building ClangCodeModel plugin with Clang from /usr/lib/llvm-3.4}
\li \c {Project MESSAGE: INCLUDEPATH += /usr/lib/llvm-3.4/include}
\li \c {Project MESSAGE: LIBS += -L/usr/lib/llvm-3.4/lib -lclang}
\li Rebuild \QC.
\section1 Configuring Clang Code Model Plugin
\list 1
\li Select \gui Help > \gui {About Plugins} > \gui {C++} >
\gui ClangCodeModel to enable the plugin.
\li Restart \QC to be able to use the plugin.
\li Select \gui Tools > \gui Options > \gui {C++} > \gui {Code Model},
and select the parser to use for files of each type.
\li To process pre-compiled headers before processing any project files,
deselect the \gui {Ignore pre-compiled headers} check box.
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You can use a diff editor to compare two versions of a file and
view the differences side-by-side in the \gui Edit mode.
\li \l{Parsing C++ Files}
An experimental Clang code model plugin enables you to replace the
built-in \QC code model with the Clang code model. Clang is a C
language family front end for LLVM. Clang provides you with more
accurate information than the built-in code model but can be slower
to use for large projects.
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\contentspage index.html
\previouspage creator-macros.html
\page creator-diff-editor.html
\nextpage creator-finding-overview.html
\nextpage creator-clang-codemodel.html
\title Comparing Files
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\contentspage index.html
\previouspage creator-diff-editor.html
\previouspage creator-clang-codemodel.html
\page creator-finding-overview.html
\nextpage creator-editor-finding.html
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\li \l{Pasting and Fetching Code Snippets}
\li \l{Using Text Editing Macros}
\li \l{Comparing Files}
\li \l{Parsing C++ Files}
\li \l{Finding}
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