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Issue 5.5

COLUMN

On Beyond MsgBox

Using REALbasic's customization routines to add a touch of class

Issue: 5.5 (July/August 2007)
Author: Toby Rush
Author Bio: Toby Rush is a music instructor, consultant, freelance programmer, web designer, husband and Dad in Greeley, Colorado.
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Starting Page Number: 46
Article Number: 5517
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One of the benefits of using a high-level programming language like REALbasic is the availability of methods like MsgBox. With this command, it takes one simple line of code to display a dialog box for the user... something that lower-level languages might require dozens of lines of code to accomplish.

But MsgBox is not meant to be used in your finished project; it's a debugging tool. Before you compile your application in its final form, do a search for the text "MsgBox"... if it's in there even once, it means you still have some polishing to do. That's because dialog boxes -- windows which contain messages, warnings, questions or explanations for the user -- should be crafted with care, and MsgBox is not up to the task. For this situation as well as a few others, REALbasic has some more powerful routines that will help you do the job right.

Getting the Message Out

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