[OT] dialect divergence?

Pete pete at mollysrevenge.com
Mon Jun 13 18:14:22 EDT 2011


Sorry Bob - didn't read your post through to the end, ignore my post.

Pete
Molly's Revenge <http://www.mollysrevenge.com>




On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 2:54 PM, Bob Sneidar <bobs at twft.com> wrote:

> I like to think of properties as read only variables, which can only be
> altered by "setting" them to some other variable or constant. Properties
> have two things that make them attractive: The first is that they are
> "global" in the sense that you can get any custom property of any object
> from any script, at any time, and the second is that they are persistent,
> meaning you can set a property, and quit Livecode, and next time you launch
> you stack again the property will still contain the data you set it to.
>
> Some will cite also the fact that they can store anything, text, numbers,
> arrays, pictures, sound clips, and even another whole stack!! The one thing
> to be aware of, is that in standalones, like all information in the
> mainstack, fields and properties cannot be altered, because of the read only
> nature of standalones (it has nothing to do with the nature of properties as
> such). Because of that, people typically have the mainstack be a splash
> screen that displays upon load, and then hide itself and launch the "meat
> and potatoes" stack (the real application) which was included as a file when
> it was compiled.
>
> So in short a property must be "gotten" first
>   get the pBobsInfo of this stack -- the variable "it" now contains a copy
> of the property
> or save the contents of the property in a variable
>   put the pBobsInfo of this stack into vBobsInfo
>
> Now you work with the variable like any other variable, and when you want
> to save it you "set" instead of "get"
>   set the pBobsInfo of this stack to vBobsInfo
>
> Simple, yes?
>
> Bob
>
>
> On Jun 13, 2011, at 2:06 PM, Joe Lewis Wilkins wrote:
>
> > Personally, and all of you will think I'm crazy, I treat every app I
> create as if I were coding it in HC with a few added features such as color
> and large screens. Occasionally I run into a problem; but that is quite
> rare. That's the KISS approach to LC. (smile) Do I waste a lot of time?
> Perhaps, but I rarely have to look up anything in the Dictionary. Obviously,
> I've yet to use any Custom Properties. I still don't understand them.
> (frown) Actually, I've intentionally avoided them. They seem unnatural to
> me. It's that senior thing!
> >
> > Joe Lewis Wilkins
> > Architect and Director of Product Development
>
>
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