Making the move...

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at
Mon Mar 20 21:22:04 EST 2006

Well I think you are right - there would be better ways to split out
segments of the script, and if I find more than one routine neededing
to do the same things, I go to the effort of doing it. However at the
moment, I am mainly concerned with converting HyperCard scripts to
Rev, and so I like to change as little as possible, to make sure I
don't mess anything up.


On 3/21/06, Geoff Canyon <gcanyon at> wrote:
> Do you have an example? I agree that if you end up passing in a
> handful of arguments by reference, you haven't accomplished much by
> breaking out the routine. The question is if there isn't a better way
> to slice the routine, where that wouldn't be necessary.
> On Mar 20, 2006, at 4:29 AM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:
> > In my experience, it's probably due to never passing values by
> > reference. If I am working on a routine that generates multiple
> > variables, then acts on them, it is easier to keep it all together
> > than to try and transfer more than one variable back & forth between
> > handlers & functions.
> >
> > A separate function is great if it only has to return one variable,
> > but as soon as it acts on more than one, I find it easier to leave
> > that code as part of the main handler.
> >
> > Of course, if a segment of code is used by more than one handler, it's
> > worth the effort to split it out, but otherwise, I'm not too fussed
> > about keeping handlers small. Good commenting can overcome any
> > problems interpreting it later :-)
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