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Mark Smith mark at maseurope.net
Thu Dec 13 12:13:31 CST 2007


Or, following Ken Ray, I just have

function q

and

function sq  -- for single quotes, which can be handy for shell scripts

Best,

Mark

On 13 Dec 2007, at 17:58, Dave wrote:

> 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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