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Frontier 4.1b5 Change Notes
1. fl = db.defined (f, path)
New verb. Does exactly what you'd expect.
2. fl = db.new (f)
New verb. Creates a minimal database file. You must subsequently call db.open to operate on the file.
3. Accessing open databases
Can now access a database file that is currently open in Frontier. It does not matter whether it's the active database or not.
Calling db.save on a database that is open in Frontier activates Frontier's Save command on that file.
Calling db.close on a database that is open in Frontier only "closes" it from the point of view of the db verbs. It remains open in Frontier.
4. Invalid path parameters
Invalid path parameters to db verbs will no longer generate "syntax" errors. Now the error "Can't coerce the value to an address" is reported. The Go To button takes you to the offending call, not the first line of the script.
5. Agent conflicts on errors
When a db verb generates an error while running in the debugger, the context of the root being accessed is no longer confused with the current root's agent context.
DocServer now has a page for each db verb. Also, the db verb glue table is now provided, so the parameter lists can be easily examined.
New verb, allows you to put another thread to sleep. Unlike thread.sleepFor, which puts the current thread to sleep, this verb has no timeout.
The timeout parameter is now defined as being in seconds. Note, however, that in 4.1b5 the implementation still treats the value as being in ticks (sixtieths of a second).
Fixed potential bug where a large timeout value might yield a short sleep.
thread.evaluate no longer leaves the menubar disabled.
New verb. Creates a wrapper around thread.evaluate to make it convenient to store the script's result in a specified database location.
DocServer now has a page for each threading verb. Also, the thread verb glue table is now provided, so the parameter lists can be easily examined.
1. Agents sending Apple events
Fixed bug that would cause agent scripts to receive "Timeout" errors when sending Apple events. These errors would leads to a crash in "codedisposevisit" when recompiling the script.
You can now have two glossary items in a row without a space between them.
You can now have two macro items in a row without a space between them.
The «, », ©, ® and non-breaking space characters are left untouched. This allows html.processMacros to pass them through the iso8859 filter.
3. string.urlEncode memory curruption
Fixed a bug in string.urlEncode that could lead to a crash. (Thanks to John Simms' and other Frontier-Talk bug reports.)
Removed toys.cleanForExport call from html.data.standardMacros.renderObject. That script has been superceeded by processing done in string.iso8859encode and elsewhere.
5. Opening multiple roots
When you open a new database file, or activate a window in another database, the new database's agents run.
6. Scripts with optional parameters
When evaluating a default parameter that is an address, tables at the root level are recognized. That is, a function declared "on doIt (adr = @suites.html)" will work when called without that parameter.
7. Memory corruption on quit
Fixed bug when quitting Frontier that could corrupt memory and possibly lead to a crash.
8. FinderMenu commands
When there is no selection, FinderMenu commands that operate on the selection no longer produce an arcane error message.
9. Running out of memory
Frontier's preferred size has been expanded to 2500K.
10. wp.go bug
Fixed calls to wp.go with a distance greater than 1. There is still a problem going left across a line break (an old bug).
NEW TOYS AND GOODIES
1. Quitting Frontier without confirmation
The script at system.misc.closeWindow will now get called with the root window, before the Save Changes dialog appears. The dialog can be avoided by calling fileMenu.save in the script.
2. Command- and Control-2clicking
"with" statements are now recognized; 2clicking on a name is that is only defined within the context of a with statement works. UserTalk keywords and constants are also recognized. (Thanks to Scott Lawton.)
It's worth mentioning here that Control-2clicking has a little-known feature: hold down the option key, and the syntax for calling the verb is inserted after the verb. (DocServer does not come to the front.)
3. Run Selection (cmd-/)
If the cursor is on a MacBird card object (binary[CARD]), cmd-/ runs the card.
4. Jump command
If you hold down the Shift key while typing cmd-J or selecting Jump to Cell from the menu, you will now jump to the last selected location, skipping the Jump dialog.
5. Dropping files onto Frontier
UCMDs and XCMDs, or resource files containing them, can now be dropped directly onto the Frontier icon in the Finder to have them loaded into the extensions table.
6. Eudora's Scripts menu
Added a "Subscribe" submenu. It provides commands to subscribe to Frontier-Talk and Frontier-Beginners.
Normally, these wouldn't be needed more than once. But we all know that these lists don't really work that way.
We have good html rendering tools for outlines, that don't work with scripts. This script makes an outline that reflects the contents of a script, suitable for display.
This isn't a bug fix, or a goodie per se. The script was just updated to use Frontier's new direct asignment capability, so scripts that call it will perform better.
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