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Dave dave at looktowindward.com
Thu Dec 13 11:58:28 CST 2007


I find this function REALLY useful for AppleScripting:

function AddQuotes theString
return quote & theString & quote
end AddQuotes

All the Best
Dave


On 11 Dec 2007, at 18:44, Randall Lee Reetz wrote:

> Thanks Ken, i was using a custom prop and ran it as applescript.   
> Works fine.  What i still dont understand is why everything went  
> unresponsive (the finder) and why it now works... Maddening.
> What might happen tomorrow?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Ken Ray" <kray at sonsothunder.com>
> To: "How to use Revolution" <use-revolution at lists.runrev.com>
> Sent: 12/11/2007 8:56 AM
> Subject: Re: (no subject)
>
>> Your AppleScript should look something like this:
>> --3 lines, watch line wraps
>>
>> tell application "Finder"
>>    open folder "Macintosh HD:Users:MeUser:Desktop:myFolder"
>> end tell
>>
>> Your Rev script should look like this:
>> --a do statement is single line so you'll need to unwrap this
>> --the tricky bit is quotes and spaces in the right place
>>
>> do "tell application " & quote & "Finder" & quote & cr & "open  
>> folder " &
>> quote & "Macintosh HD:Users:MeUser:Desktop:myFolder" & quote & cr  
>> & "end
>> tell" as applescript
>
>
> Just FYI, there's a couple of other approaches (some are "best
> practices") when executing AppleScript from Rev...
>
> 1) Put the script into a custom property or field and execute it
> (although I wouldn't recommend fields for a variety of reasons):
>
>   do (the openFolderScript of this stack) as AppleScript
>
> 2) If you need to do it inline, use the \ line continuation feature to
> help make your code more readable:
>
>   put "Macintosh HD:Users:MeUser:Desktop:myFolder" into tFolder
>   put "tell application" && quote & "Finder" & quote & cr & \
>     "open folder" && quote & tFolder & quote & cr & \
>     "end tell" into tScript
>   do tScript as AppleScript
>
> 3) Use backquotes (`) for quotation marks while building your script,
> then replace them with double quotes before you execute your script (a
> variation of #2 above is shown below):
>
>   put "tell application`Finder` & cr & \
>     "open folder `Macintosh HD:Users:MeUser:Desktop:myFolder`" & cr  
> & \
>     "end tell" into tScript
>   replace "`" with quote in tScript
>   do tScript as AppleScript
>
> 4) Use the format() function to put in quotes (\") and returns (\n) on
> the fly (be careful though as you can't use continuation chars with
> format IIRC):
>
>   put format("tell application \"Finder\"\n") & \
>     format("open folder \"Macintosh
> HD:Users:MeUser:Desktop:myFolder\"\n") & \
>     "end tell" into tScript
>   do tScript as AppleScript
>
> Personally, I usually use #3 unless it's a one-liner, in which case I
> use #4 (if it's not too complex), but to each their own. :-)
>
> Also with the upcoming Rev 2.9 having the ability to do "do ... as ...
> <scriptingLanguage>" supporting VBScript and JavaScript (on Windows),
> having a good way to handle other scripting languages is important,
> IMHO.
>
>
> Ken Ray
> Sons of Thunder Software, Inc.
> Email: kray at sonsothunder.com
> Web Site: http://www.sonsothunder.com/
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