Script Roundup: YouCompleteMe, JavaScript Libraries Syntax

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YouCompleteMe (GitHub: Valloric / YouCompleteMe, License: GPL3) by Strahinja Val Markovic got a huge amount of attention last week (it's quickly approaching 1000 GitHub stars). It's a fuzzy code completion engine, and can use Clang-based semantic completion for C-family languages (including Objective-C).

Completion is invoked automatically, so it behaves more like GUI IDEs rather than Vim's built-in style of handling completion. The <Tab> key can be pressed to accept a match or cycle through results. The matching algorithm is based on the order of characters in a string, so a given sequence of characters can appear interleaved with other characters as long as the order they appear is the same.

You'll need a build system to install YouCompleteMe, and it can be compiled with or without support for semantic matching in C languages. The documentation covers all of this and more, including configuration and detailed command explanations.

JavaScript Libraries Syntax

JavaScript Libraries Syntax (GitHub: othree / javascript-libraries-syntax.vim, License: MIT) by Wei-Ko Kao provides syntax highlighting for some well-known client-side JavaScript libraries. Support for jQuery, Underscore, and Backbone is included.

This is useful because working with JavaScript using the default Vim installation isn't optimum -- it's solid, but there's room for improvement. The author has made the plugin modular so it's easy to add new syntax files.

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