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Scripting Interfaces

Adding a User Interface to Your RBScript

Issue: 10.4 (May/June 2012)
Author: Marc Zeedar
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Starting Page Number: 65
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As you probably know, RBScript is one of my favorite features of Real Studio. I have been using it more and more as it really makes my applications so much more powerful. It's a great way to externalize code so I don't have to recompile my entire project just to make a tiny change.

One key limitation of RBScripts is that they don't have a user interface. For many uses of RBScript that's not a problem—the script simply does the processing on data established from the main program. However, what if a script needs to ask the user a question?

I recently decided to enhance my "filename cleaner" app I created as part of my "Scripting for Fun and Profit" article in RSD 7.1. You'll remember that that app is a simple file renamer app that gets its instructions—how it renames—via external RBScripts, making it easy to customize for any need.

When I had a bunch of filenames with the same text in them which I wanted changed, I could have simply written a custom script to make that change. But what about the next time I had a similar situation? I'd have to edit my script every time I wanted to do a "find-replace" type rename. It would work far better if my script could ask for input and allow me, at runtime, to put in the old and new text for the filename.

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