Best way to manage Stacks in a standalone
len-morgan at crcom.net
Thu Oct 11 06:06:42 CDT 2007
I've got an application I'm working on that runs as a standalone that
needs a few "debug/maintenance" stacks (to fix user mistakes) from time
to time. I've been having a little trouble trying to get these stacks
to come up when needed (from a menu). What is best practice with Rev to
handle the following requirements:
1) I'd rather they didn't popup while the program was loading (as I call
"start using stack xxx in the preOpenStack).
2) I want these maintenance stacks to be separate .rev files as opposed
to substacks of the main stack (so they can be updated individually)
3) At least one of these stacks (my debug stack) needs to have a field
updated while the program is running but not seen until I want to see
what the user was doing. This doesn't necessarily have to be saved when
the user quits but it would be nice if it could be as long as it could
be limited to some "reasonable" maximum length. Perhaps when the
program quits, I could save the last XXX lines of the file (or delete
the first [total_lines - lines to save] lines and save the stack).
I had been trying to set a stacks "visible" to false when I'm saving it
then set the "visible" to true when I want to see it. When I hit cancel
on the stack (when I'm finished with it), I set visible back to false.
I've also seen people set the loc to somewhere offscreen but otherwise
leave it visible and open (just not visible to the user most of the
time). When I need it, I can just set the loc to the middle of the screen.
Still others use pop-ups but I can't seem to get these to work reliably
when the stack needs to be "available" while the programming is running.
So, what would be the "best" way to handle this? Any advice or words of
wisdom are greatly appreciated.
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