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Variable Counter - Freeware VDS extension-tool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Variable Counter - Freeware VDS extension-tool Reply with quote

Hi folks,
I have just finished a small freeware utility, that automatically finds and lists all variables used in a vds source file, showing their position (line no) and how many times they are being used. Meant for larger projects, especially when approaching the 220 variable limit in order to reduce the amount of variables used and to keep track where they are located in your script.
Feel free to test it and comment on this tool.
Email: mdoran65@gmx.net

Greetings Mike

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http://www.vdsworld.com/search.php?view_mode=fileinfo&file_id=480&sid=74017b32787c635c11008f62216ee1ce

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Working pretty cool Smile Maybe you can add something that if I put your tool in my "Visual Dialogscript\Tools" directory and use the Tools menu from VDS, the code will automatically start processing the currently open file... Smile You might be able to do this by looking if the %1 variable is specified Smile

Btw. I couldn't seem to open your attached ZIP file with Winzip, although it did work using WinRar

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, the zip-file has been created using WinRar!
I hope though it works for most of you...

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mike this would be useful on larger projects. I did find a minor parsing issue with your tool causing some variables to be listed with extraneous text appended onto their names for example (%Asometext). I assume you're parsing each line of the script's text with "@pos(@chr(37),%%Line)" and grabbing the sub-string from that position to the next @chr(32) or @cr() as the variable name. So if the var is embedded within a string with out spaces a portion of the string gets returned as the var name. This could be corrected for local vars by checking the next chr after the pos and if it's not "%" you would just grab the next chr as the var name.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:33 am    Post subject: Variable Counter - Update V 1.0.0l Reply with quote

I just uploaded the new version 1.0.0.58. It should now work as intended.
I merely overlooked the fact that there is a possibility of declaring or using variables in such a way eg. (%Axxxxxxxxxx).
Improvements:
-You can now save the results to your harddisk.
-Jump directly to a specific variable by dblclicking on it.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The updated version works great Exclamation I know I'll be using it quite often, Thank you for sharing this little gem with us. Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice piece of work Smile

Something to consider fixing though. It seems to accept "<" and ">" as valid variable characters.

eg.

%%variable<html_tag> shows up as %%variable<html_tag>

%%variable</html_tag> shows up as %%variable<

This means that %%variable is counted as 3 different variables


just a thought Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your right - this will be fixed by tomorrow...
Thanks for the reply.

Uploaded V 1.0.0.84 - Go for it. Very Happy

New: it will now automatically start processing the currently open file!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Update available: Version 1.2.0.17
Added a couple of new features. You can now:
-able to read project-file (.dsp files)
-inspect an entire project which include multiple dsc-files.
-enhanced the code for faster source-code processing.
I hope you guys find it useful - a bief feedback message is appreciated.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For completeness sake: one more update...
New: Update available: Version 1.2.0.44

There was one thing I had disregarded in the previous versions:
That was to differentiate between GLOBAL and LOCAL variables.
Well, that's been included now as well...

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2006 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for a useful utility Estas. Very Happy

I ran it through my largest project and it picked up 287 variables and 253 global variables... this is due to a few errors in identifying variables.

I'll list the variable found, followed by the code snippet it was found in...

Var: %%CheckToppyConnection) Found: if @zero(%%CheckToppyConnection)

Var: %%CheckToppyConnection = Found: %%CheckToppyConnection = %%false

Var: %%CheckToppyConnection = @iniread(Options,CheckToppyConnection, 1) Found: %%CheckToppyConnection = @iniread(Options,CheckToppyConnection, 1)

Var: %%RecParamOverrideVals,1,3) Found: dialog set, STARTSPIN, @substr(%%RecParamOverrideVals,1,3)

Var: %%FindText' Found: info Cannot find '%%FindText'

Var: %%TimerConflictDetection,@not( Found: if @both(%%TimerConflictDetection,@not(%%AllTimersRejected))

Var: %^ Found: This was found in a long string used as a replacement test

I think that covers most of the error types. If you are able to fix these I'll run it through again and report back the results.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Problem fixed - hopefully
New: Update available: Version 1.2.0.47


Thanks for the report.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, Mike. No problems here.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the fix. Very Happy

I didn't get any erroneous entries this time, however, the report is a little baffling:

Total number of variables: 254
Global Variables used: 222

I thought VDS only had a maximum of 220 global (user-defined) variables.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's right - according to VDS.
I once tried to see what happens if I used more than the recommended 220 variables. I tested it with a script that was close to the limit and added some unneeded variable names. It added up to 240 user defined variables and the script still compiled - and worked.
It probably also depends on what content you assign to the variables or how many variables are needed at a specific time. The application might crash if too many variables are used at runtime.
It might be worth a test to create a script and see where exactly the limit is and what VDS does in this case.

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