In this tip, we will use CodeView to create many features, not just to create syntax highlight for programming language, but also use it in more apps and day to day features like search and highlight normal data.
In my first article on CodeProject, Create a Code Editor Android Application using CodeView Library, I wrote about how to use the
CodeView library to create a syntax highlighter for programming languages with many extra features like autocomplete, change theme and syntax in the runtime.
The First Feature Idea
The first idea is to use it in Content sharing applications so for example like Twitter, you can highlight hashtags, website URLs and you can also highlight emails, this feature can easily be done using
CodeView in just three lines of code.
You can also add autocomplete for email providers like @gmail.com or @yahoo.com and the final result will be like this:
The Second Feature Idea
The second idea is to use
CodeView with a searching feature to highlight all matched keyword in the content and you can easily highlight without searching in the positions in all content and add for example, some HTML tags or Spans to highlight one word each time the user searches for it, and this feature can easily be done using few methods.
First, you need to create a Pattern for your search keyword, it can be a normal
string or you can enable the user to search with regex, not just
Pattern keywordPattern = Pattern.compile(keyword);
In Kotlin will be:
val keywordPattern : Pattern = Pattern.compile(keyword)
Then, you need to add this pattern to
CodeView with the color you want to highlight with it.
Then, you need to tell
CodeView to highlight the new patterns.
Once the user changes the search keyword, you just need to replace the old pattern with a new one and there are two ways to do that.
or you can remove all the patterns from
Then, you need to add the new pattern and highlight:
and you have done, the final result will be like this:
Keep in your mind that
CodeView has many features and you can use it in many different ideas. I just give you two examples, but here is more and more. You can use it in languages apps, for example, English app and with an error highlighter, you can highlight spell mistake words, or create a note app with English words on autocomplete, etc.
All you need is to use your imagination and creativity to create great features with
It’s very easy to use, well documented, has many examples on Github you can know how to download and use from the Github link at https://github.com/amrdeveloper/codeview.
I hope you will enjoy creating your editor with
- 7th April, 2021: Initial version