PR# 3101 EiffelBuild : suggest enhancements

Problem Report Summary
Submitter: rwschlatter
Category: EiffelBuild
Priority: Medium
Date: 2002/02/26
Class: Feature Request
Severity: Non-critical
Number: 3101
Release: 5.1.14
Confidential: No
Status: Open
Environment: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows Me/Win2000ProSP2; Win 9x 4.90; Q312461)
Synopsis: EiffelBuild : suggest enhancements

While J believe J have now found my way with EIffelBuild, J would have preferred to see better documentation, rather than those two short chapters in the Help file.

Suggestion (1) documentation:

using a copy of chapter "Eiffel Vision 2 Interface content" of the Help file, rather than showing the Eiffel code samples, use a screen shot to document how to use an object in EiffelBuild.

Suggestion (2) examples:

When looking at the Eiffel Vision 2 sample set, J actually expected to see an EiffelBuild project and not only the hand-coded approach to Vision2 library. 
Please create an EiffelBuild project that corresponds to the final state used for these samples.

Suggestion (3) EiffelBuild functionality:

When putting items in a container, by current default they use the whole space of the container. J was very puzzled at first (cause of missing documentation), and it took me quite a time to find the checkbox that lets the size of an item be minimal so that J can add further items to the same container.
My suggestion: change default to "not-fill" or better documentation.

Suggestion (4) EiffelBuild functionality:
For a GUI tool it would be more intuitive to be able to set (miminal) object / item sizes by using a resize tool in the EiffelBuild Maker window, by dragging frame boundaries, rather than having to type numeric values in the object editor and check the outcome by resizing the maker or viewer windows.
Regards - Richard
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