rcozens at pon.net
Tue Oct 15 12:48:01 EDT 2002
>I am looking for a suitable folder for use with Windows, one which
>would be on all systems.
How about the folder containing your Revolution app?
get the effective fileName of me
set the itemDelimiter to "/"
put yourPreferenceFileName into item -1 of it
if there is not a file it then
answer "Please install the
file,"&"e&yourPreferenceFileName"e&&"in my folder and try
close this stack
Then it doesn't matter what the folder name or folder path is or
whether you're installed on drive C or drive W...just specify the app
& the preferences file must reside in the same folder.
My rewrite of SDB from HyperTalk to Transcript began life storing
full path names to databases. It tested fine on my static platform;
but as I got to the end of testing and began to consider packaging &
deployment, it quickly became evident that that design was vulnerable
to failing if the db, the mainstack, and/or the folder they resided
in were moved. Placing individual files and/or folders in the same
folder as the main app frees one from having to deal with these
Frankly, it annoys me to have to open an Attachments folder inside a
Eudora folder inside my System folder to retrieve attachments. Why
couldn't Eudora put the attachment in the main Eudora folder I
already have open (or in an Attachments folder in that folder)?
Suppose your Mac app is installed on one hard drive and later moved
to another drive or partition, or the name of the drive or one of the
folders in the path is changed. Yes, specialFolderpath can still find
your Preferences file; but if your user buys a new computer and loads
your app from its current computer instead of reinstalling from
scratch, will they know to move the Preferences file?
However, if you feel the above is just fooleshness, the Rev
Dictionary gives you these choices for specialFolderpath:
For Windows systems:
Desktop: For icons on the desktop
System: For system components
Start: For items in the Start menu
Documents: For user documents
Fonts: For font storage
Temporary: For storage of temporary files
From this list, I would suggest Documents if the Preferences file is
permanent, or Temporary if it is created at runtime & deleted at
CCW, Serendipity Software Company
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Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."
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