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Kay Gosho
Kay Gosho

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When developing Laravel app with Vim, you can still jump to Magic Methods


I am developing Laravel app with my favorite editor, Vim.

My compulsion used to be that I cannot jump to Laravel's magic method definitions such as getIsActiveAttribute, and scopeIsActive.

So I set proper ctags configuration to jump to them by C-].


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  • Run ctags command in your project root. Recent ctag read our configuration file automatically.
  • Open a file with vim (of course)
  • Set the cursor to a magic method
  • Type C-]

I strongly recommend customize your ctags. I set the following configuration to jump to the definition of class method of JavaScript.
--regex-javascript=/^[ \t]*([a-z]+[ \t]+)*class[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9_]+)[ \t]*([^)])/\2/c,class,classes/
--regex-javascript=/^[ \t]*([a-z]+[ \t]+)*const[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9_]+)[ \t]*([^)])/\2/c,const/
--regex-javascript=/^[ \t]*([a-z]+[ \t]+)*type[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9_]+)[ \t]*([^)])/\2/c,type/
--regex-javascript=/^[ \t]*([a-z]+[ \t]+)*[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9_]+) ?\(\)[ \t]*([^)])/\2/c,method/
--regex-javascript=/^[ \t]*([a-z|A-Z]+)\(\)/\1/
--regex-javascript=/^[ \t]*([a-z]+[ \t]+)*const[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9_]+)[ \t]*([^)])/\2/c,class,classes/
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Happy hacking with Vim!

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Michael • Edited

Lovely stuff, although my editor (Atom) still wouldn't jump to the scope or accessor as the first character of the tag will be uppercase, and this doesn't match with the search term the cursor will be positioned at.

My solution was to prefix these tags with a placeholder.

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Then post-process the tags using sed and convert the uppercase first character to lowercase.

#!/usr/bin/env bash


sed --in-place \
--regexp-extended \
--expression='s/_FIRST_CHAR_TO_LOWER_(.)([a-z|A-Z|0-9]+)\t/\l\1\2\t/g' \

sort tags --output=tags
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