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Day 5: ShipIt! Files, Part 2

Issue: 1.5 (April/May 2003)
Author: William Leshner
Author Bio: William Leshner has been programming for twenty years and programming Macs for ten. He has spent a good deal of the last several years building REALbasic applications, including the now famous ResPloder.
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We have been holding a series of staff meetings to design and build an application called ShipIt! from scratch in REALbasic. ShipIt! creates release documents, such as the readme and product documentation, for a software release. In today's meeting we will write the code to open ShipIt! documents. Our primary task will be to parse the XML file format we created in our last meeting.

We will not have time to cover every detail of our parser implementation. To see all of the details, please download and examine the project that accompanies this article. It can be found on the REALbasic Developer website.

Opening Documents

There are at least three ways to open a document: double-click on it, drop it on an application's icon, or open it from within an application using the Open menu item. We will deal first with the Open menu item case.

We will assume that we have already added an Open menu item to the File menu. The Open command should be enabled all the time, so we will enable it in our App class' EnableMenuItems event. We need to add a FileOpen menu handler to the App class as well. The code for the FileOpen menu handler is quite simple:

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