Identifying Un-used functions and commands
ahsoftware at sonic.net
Thu Nov 28 12:03:57 EST 2019
On 11/28/19 8:25 AM, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode wrote:
> Quentin Long wrote:
> > Finding explicit function/command calls seems like it should be a
> > fairly straightforward task. However, the "do" keyword can also be
> > a source of function/command calls, which complicates matters a
> > wee bit. You'll also need to evaluate all the non-cleartext components
> > that can go into "do" statements—
> > do (VariableName)
> > do (the WhateverProp of ThisObject)
> > do (line 4 of fld "ThisField")
> > —etc etc etc.
> There are many reasons to resort to "do" only after all other more
> with-the-grain approaches cannot be made to work.
> That it eludes static code analysis is just one more.
> If I get around to tidying up my old orphan-finder and adding it to
> other code base management tools in devolution, I wouldn't bother
> attempting to handle "do" cases. Low ROI, and not handling them helps
> draw attention to the technical debt many uses of "do" accrue.
Somewhat similar problem with "send" and "dispatch" commands as well.
You can alleviate this a bit during parsing by seeing if what follows
the "do" or "send" or "dispatch [function]" command is a quoted string.
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