Stack Version Comparison Tool

Bill Vlahos bvlahos at
Fri Jun 22 23:03:00 EDT 2012


This sounds like a fantastic tool.  It is difficult to track all the little changes I make and if something gets broken I can roll back to a previous version but recreating the changes I want to keep is hard.

Sign me up. 

Bill Vlahos

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On Jun 22, 2012, at 6:43 PM, Peter Haworth <pete at> wrote:

> I've been working on a tool to compare two versions of a stack file and
> display the differences and plan to make it  available as shareware.  I'm
> interested in some ideas about what it could do.
> So far, the workflow is:
> - Define an Application (just a name)
> - Define a version of an application (app name, version string, path to
> stack file)
> - Specify an app version and have the tool load info about it
> - Repeat previous step for other app versions
> - Request comparison of two versions of the same Application
> The compare tool allows selection of differences of objects, scripts, and
> properties.  In each case you can request things in V1 that are not in V2,
> things that are in V2 that are not in V1, or things that are in both
> versions but different in each one.  For properties, you can further select
> either built-in or custom properties, or both.
> For scripts, I'm just listing the objects whose scripts qualify.  When a
> scipt is present in both versions, I plan to allow selection of an object's
> script, display both versions of it , and also hand them off to a diff run
> to list the differences.  I know I can make that work on OS X, not sure how
> to do it on Windows or Linux.
> For datagrids, I ignore all controls (but record the dgProps of the
> datagrid) but record the the objects, scripts, and properties of the
> datagrid's row template.
> It handles password protected stacks by givingh you thr choice of ignoring
> them or prompting for the password.
> If you have any ideas about other things I could implement, please let me
> know.  I have a feeling it would be possible to recreate a stack file but I
> also have a feeling that would be opening up a huge can of worms so not
> planning on going down that road just yet!
> I'll be looking for a few folks to do some beta testing on it for me soon.
> Pete
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