Transmogrify Your Text
Converting text files with RBScript
Issue: 9.1 (November/December 2010)
Author: Marc Zeedar editor-at-rbdeveloper.com
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Starting Page Number: 26
RBD Number: 9107
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Years ago one my favorite products was software called OneClick. (It was for Mac OS 9 and sadly never made the transition to Mac OS X.) OneClick was ostensibly macro software that let you automate actions, but it had a powerful scripting language that was similar to REALbasic in many ways. With OneClick you built floating palettes of buttons and you could script what happened when you clicked the buttons. Because OneClick was always running, with your palettes and buttons always available—and editable—it made a terrific environment for doing quick text manipulations. I still miss it and while I love REAL Studio, sometimes it's a pain to have to compile an entire app just to run a few lines of code.
Where this shows up most often for me is in working with text files. I've mentioned before that I love plain text files because of their simplicity and universality, so I use them as data storage for all sorts of projects. But that means I'm often running into situations where I need to do some text manipulation on those files. Sometimes I can use a text editor like BBEdit to do a find/replace, but often I need to do a whole sequence of finds/replacements, or perhaps do some context-sensitive decision-making which is beyond even regular expressions' ability. In those situations I turn to REAL Studio.
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