Q: What's the relationship between BSP and LSP?
A: They are complementary protocols. While LSP specifies endpoints for
communication between an editor acting as client and language server, BSP
specifies endpoints between a language server acting as client and build
server. For example, in order to respond to a
from an editor client, a language server could query a build tool via BSP for
the classpath of a module.
A: Currently, those language servers each implement custom integrations for each supported build tool to extract build metadata. Those language servers could instead implement a BSP client to extract build metadata from any build tools that implement BSP, sharing a single BSP server implementation. Likewise, a new build tool could implement a BSP server and support a wide range of language servers out-of-the-box.
Q: Should non-Scala participants in the protocol generate data types from
bsp.proto or is it preferable to use pre-generated artifacts in maven (or
A: BSP uses JSON on the wire like LSP, it is not necessary to use
bsp.proto schema is provided as a language-agnostic reference
schema for the shape of BSP data structures, similarly to how LSP messages are
defined using TypeScript interfaces. Like with LSP, it is left to BSP
participant to figure out how to produce JSON payloads with BSP data structures.