So I have had this idea for a while. The idea is simple. Audio comments in your favourite IDEs, such as Xcode.
What do I mean by that? Well, think about all the times where you were coding something complex and wanted to leave some comments in the code explaining to a fellow programmer how your algorithm works. Wouldn’t it be better if you could just record your voice and say what the algorithm does? And have that recording attached to the code and viewable right in the IDE?
That would be great!
I know I would use that. To demonstrate, I’ve attached how I envision this feature looking in Xcode (Click on the image to enlarge it)
Leave your comments below if you think this is a good idea too and would like to see it in action.
This is a new feature which I hope all IDE makers, like Apple, will start incorporating into their product. I really think this will be the next evolution on code commenting.
Update 1: 11th July 2013:
So after I submitted this feature request to Apple, this is the email I get back from their team:
This is a follow-up regarding Bug ID# 14370555.
Engineering has determined that this is not to be fixed based on the following information:
OSX has voice over etc. You can also add file links to an audio file in a comment for example.
Thank you very much for the suggestion.
If you have questions regarding the resolution of this issue, please update your bug report with them.
We are now closing this bug report.
Please be sure to regularly check new Apple products for any updates that might affect this issue.
Thank you for your assistance in helping us discover and isolate bugs within our products.
Developer Bug Reporting Team
Apple Worldwide Developer Relations
Seriously, Apple? VoiceOver? I don’t even think their engineers understood the suggestion :-D