Code Libraries and Standalone Applications

J. Landman Gay jacque at
Sun Apr 18 21:34:38 EDT 2010

Peter Haworth wrote:

> Thanks for the pointer to the stackFiles property.  That certainly makes 
> life easier but it still seems to defeat one of the purposes of having a 
> central code library in that there's a copy of the the library in every 
> app I write instead of it being in one central location and accessed 
> from that location by any app. 

The idea behind libraries is that you only have to maintain a single 
code base, which can be re-used anywhere. But each app still needs to 
have copy, or at least access to a copy. Some apps, like Adobe, store a 
single copy of their libraries in a central location like Application 
Data, and all their apps point to and use it. You could do that too if 
you want, though most of us don't. But there's nothing that says you 
can't store your library stack in Application Data and "start using" it 
on startup. A library doesn't have to be in the same place as the app, 
as long as you know where it is located you can open and use it. You'll 
have to overwrite it if it changes though, which isn't necessary of you 
just ship the library along with the standalone.

More commonly, a library is stored inside the standalone as a substack.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at
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