noob questions --> mainStacks & subStacks
davis.phil at comcast.net
Mon Feb 21 18:48:30 CST 2005
kee nethery wrote:
>> If you're using HC extensively, you're gonna love Rev! I guarantee it.
> I have only three complaints about Rev as compared to Hypercard.
> 3. I'm still not that clear on how the sub-stack thing works, especially
> when the sub-stacks have sub-stacks.
That could be a nightmare! Thankfully it's not possible. A Rev file
always contains one "mainStack" and zero or more "subStacks". There can
be only one "layer" of subStacks in a given file, and all of them are
directly subordinate to the one mainStack. There are no sub-subStacks.
Also, a Rev file cannot contain subStacks only.
On the other hand, you can certainly have a bunch of Rev files that each
contain only a mainStack, and establish the roles of main and sub among
them. This is a fairly normal approach to Rev standalone app
construction - you'll have the double-clickable "startup" file (the
stackfile that has the Rev engine glued to it) and all the other Rev
files (each containing a stack) that each contain part of the
application's functionality - they may be dialogs, limited-purpose
Certainly one major conceptual difference between HyperCard and Rev has
to do with this stack-file relationship. While oversimplified, consider
- In HC, "stack" and "file" are basically two ways to view the same
entity, one from HC's point of view and the other from the OS point of
- In Revolution, "stack" and "file" are two related but different
entities; the file is a container holding one or more stacks inside.
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