Disabling the “Spring” editor’s auto-typing.

This has been driving me crazy, and I've finally solved it - so thought I'd share it with the world.

I'm a relative newcomer to the joys of the "Spring" and "Eclipse", and have come from the Linux world of VI and VIM (which I hate to admit, I love). I find Spring's over-keen advise giving to be a real pain and time waster. Every time I type a quote, it gives me two (even when it isnt appropriate). Every time I type "(" it adds ")" immediately after it -- etc, etc, etc. The result is I am forever having to correct the mistakes Spring is adding to my code. Yuk!

I dont mind a little help with indenting, but other than that I want to see what I type, not what some half-brained editor thinks I should be typing.

After some discussions with colleagues, and google searching I discovered where the relevant configuration options are buried - and having turned them all off, I am a much happier and more productive person.

For me, the settings for HTML, Java and Groovy where the important ones.

Here's how I did it..

  • In "Window" menu, select "Preferences"
  • Type the word "Typing" into the search box at the top left of the dialogue.
  • Browse to each of the relevant "Typing" pages now highlighted and clear the options I didn't like
  • Click "Save"
  • Close the Spring program and restart it.

These steps made all the difference between and painful and an enjoyable "Spring" experience - I hope it does the same for you.

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