Get a handler from a script

Martin Baxter mb.ur at
Mon Mar 20 07:50:55 EST 2006

David Burgun wrote:
> Hi,
> Yes, this really is the problem. In order to parse and identify a 
> function/handler 100% correctly you need to do most (if not all) of the 
> work of the TranScript Parser in the Script Compiler. In the past I've 
> written any number of language parsers and I know it is non-trivial to 
> get it 100% right. The best solution IMO would be to add code to RunRev 
> that allows the script to find out if a handler/function is defined or 
> not. One way would be to add a function that checks for the existence of 
> a hanlder/function  (without looking at the text of the script), another 
> would be to hold an array of functions/handlers as a property of the 
> Object.

Back in my Hypercard days I had a large project that included a script 
locator handler. I bypassed all of the issues of parsing for actual 
handlers by adding metadata as comments in a consistent format at the 
top of each handler. This was then very simple to extract.

Just food for thought.

Martin Baxter

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