Libraries, 'start using' and stacks
jerry at daniels-mara.com
Wed Oct 4 16:43:26 EDT 2006
If you "start using" a stack (thus making it a library) that is
already open OR one that exists only as a file waiting to be opened,
it becomes one of your library stacks.
You can clearly see the new library stack in the Galaxy Projects
folder called "libraries". I just tried this with a stack that was
not yet opened. It worked great.
Tool makers for the 21st century
On Oct 4, 2006, at 10:49 AM, Graham Samuel wrote:
> Folks - I'm trying to decide on a strategy for a library suite for
> a set of apps. I have never had to do this systematically before. I
> would like my library to consist of scripts (handlers which are
> common to the various apps) and stacks (for example stacks for the
> preparation of printed pages). To this end I am exploring the
> 'start using' command, and I've just read Richard G's very useful
> "Extending the Runtime Revolution Message Path".
> It seems to me that 'start using' can invoke a mainstack (rather
> than just a substack of the calling app) and presumably the library
> mainstack can have substacks although so far I don't know how their
> scripts (or the scripts of any objects in the library system) fit
> into the message path. What I don't understand is whether the stack
> one 'starts using' is actually opened at that point. In the IDE
> (well, Galaxy) it doesn't seem to be - in other words there is a
> difference between making the script of a stack available and
> making the stack itself available.
> How do people approach the problem of a library of stacks, which
> might for example be visible to the user, and might contain
> controls such as buttons? I see that this is different from
> extending the message path, but I am not clear if there is any
> formal mechanism for doing this at all. Perhaps it's just a matter
> of bundling the library stacks in with the app, tho one might have
> to take steps to avoid the app and its libraries getting separated.
> Maybe I'm just thinking about it the wrong way...
> TIA for any clarification.
> Graham Samuel / The Living Fossil Co. / UK and France
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