Good evening. I’ve been reading several pages from SyntaxEditor’s documentation, opened the Sample Browser, snooped into the only provided Visual Studio solution — the overwhelming Sample Browser’s source code — and I feel very frustrated, because, as far as my examination has gone, I can say there’s no real «getting started» example anywhere neither in the reference nor in the example code.
Even the so-called «getting started» section at the beginning of the manual is a lot of theory — necessary theory, no question about that — but there’s nothing like a simple but fully worked Visual Studio example project, from start to finish and, most of all, step by step. I was expecting some tutorial, like: 1) add the required references; 2) create and place the control; 3) use the Language Designer to build a new (simple) language; 4) register this language in the control; (… plus some application related to syntax recognition, completion list or even simpler stuff). I’m talking a «Syntax Editor for Dummies» tutorial before hitting the heavy details, just to let the user «feel» the path to follow, or just understand where’s the starting point and what are the first steps.
I thought that knowing the essential theory about C# and WPF were the only requirements for learning about this control but its documentation seems to assume much more, like… mastering Syntax Editor already! Every single piece of information is described in detail, but the help manual is a web of mutual cross-references and there’s no place — as far as I could see — where a complete picture of how those pieces can be glued together into a small, simple project is shown.
Is there anywhere in Actipro’s website or discussion forum anything like this kind of «getting started» material? Otherwise, I hope somebody — either in the staff or the expert users — will have the merciful patience to answer my upcoming «how can I..?» posts while I try to make my way through SyntaxEditor. Reading through this forum’s posts I can see it’s made up of 100% experts already confident with SyntaxEditor, hence I assume a very shy beginner like me can be invited to the party.
Thank you for your attention.