SpecialFolder.ApplicationData initially seems a great place to store your applications runtime data. But its only sort of the right place to put things
In reality its the right place for ALL applications to put their data. And becuase many applications can and do put their data there a good habit to get into is to create a DIRECTORY, or folder, specifically for YOUR application to put its things in rather than just toss all of the bits you might want to save in SpecialFolder.ApplicationData… Read the rest
Over the past years iv’e reported a few compiler issues
Here’s the current list of open issues I’ve reported
55502 adding a constant to a class cant use an expression while one in code can
56376 compiler misidentifies syntax error on shared factory in super class
56378 factory pattern cant be implemented properly in Xojo esp when items are in a namespace
56765 compiler weird error message seems to be linked to wrong order of evaluation
57500 debugging a while loop in debugger appears to skip entire loop
58900 compiler incorrectly identifies unused local variables
59004 endexception constructor should probably be restricted in some fashion
59061 compiler gives a very ambiguous error message on select case statement
61901 compiler reports completely bogus error
61949 xojo does not warn of conversion on assignment
63438 compiler gets comparison confused with assignment
56264 make it so when a method returns an array you can immediately index into the return result
56272 optional parameters can only be “right most” parameters
60207 command line arguments for debug run cannot use a #constant
And there two I would love to see Xojo fix as its impossible for the usage to be ambiguous
56375 compiler incorrectly identifies “global” as syntax error
In something like an enumeration its impossible for the tokens for Global, Protected, Private and Public to be ambiguous.… Read the rest
This was asked on the Xojo forum
If the applications are developed by the same Xojo version, and all the exe files of several applications are placed in the same folder, is it possible for distribution purposes to have only one Libs folder ? In such case, which would be the name of this unique Lib folder ?
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I see a lot of times people write code like
system.debuglog "some message"
It means you type multiple lines of code all the time and if you forget to wrap things in the
#if debugbuild then you have logging messages in your builds that maybe should have been turned off
Personally I have a module, named Debug, that has a method in it – Log
Then where ever I want a debugging message I can write
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In Xojo EndOfLine is two things
One is a global method and the other a Class.
Because of how the compiler works it realizes when you mean each one.
In a line of code like
var eol as EndOfLine
EndOfLine can, in that context, ONLY be a TYPE name. So the compiler knows you mean the EndOfLine class.… Read the rest
Or in this case linear gradients. If you want linear gradients to work well you really need to calculate the correct start and end points.
This is especially true if you dont want a gradient that simply runs from left to right or top to bottom (or their reverse directions)
While figuring out exactly what I needed to do I had several different suggestions from different people that I found dont work quite right.… Read the rest
Some code looks enticing – but in the long run may cause you as many headaches as it solves.
Some is really innocuous looking like :
var position as integer = otherString.IndexOf(EndOfLine)
var leftChars as string = otherString.left(position)
var rest as string = otherString.Middle(position + 1)
There’s an assumption in this little bit of code and it may not be entirely obvious what it is.… Read the rest