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Applescript "go to" command or pull variables from script?

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Dec 3, 2012 2:51 AM

Is there a "go to line" command in Applescript?  I want to be able to create a dialog box to jump back to the previous box if a mistake was made.  I don't want to do a repeat because that will cause multipule chained repeats and it won't work.  I tried creating seperate scripts and that works fine for jumping around within the program.  But the variables get lost when a new script is ran.  is there a way to bring variables from other scripts into one script?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)

    There is no "goto" command in AppleScript, or any other decent programming language these days. Gotos are evil! You need to use loops that will repeat until the proper conditions are met.

  • red_menace Level 6 Level 6 (14,275 points)

    Depending on how you are running the other scripts (e.g. run script from Standard Additions), parameters can be passed and results returned.  It sounds lke your script/application needs to be reorganized, though.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)

    run script fn

    script fn

              set first_name to ""


              set fName to display dialog "first name" default answer "" buttons {"cancel", "next"} default button "next"

              set first_name to text returned of fName

              if first_name = "" then

      run fn

              end if


    end script


    This is the wrong approach here. You need to use a loop. Try this instead:


    set first_name to ""

    repeat while first_name = ""

              set fName to display dialog "first name" default answer "" buttons {"cancel", "next"} default button "next"

              set first_name to text returned of fName

    end repeat


    Of course, you will also need some code to handle the case where the user clicks the cancel button.

  • red_menace Level 6 Level 6 (14,275 points)

    Looks like you need to read up on handlers (subroutines).  Since you are doing more or less the same thing to get your values, you can use a handler to do the asking/repeating part and call it for each variable.  In addition to shortening the script, you can just reuse the handler as many times as needed to get your information.


    on run -- example

      set firstName to getInfo("first name")

      set lastName to getInfo("last name")

      set streetNumber to getInfo("street number")

      display dialog firstName & space & lastName & space & streetNumber buttons {"OK"} default button 1

    end run


    on getInfo(whatever)

      set theResult to ""

      repeat while theResult = ""

        set theResult to text returned of (display dialog whatever default answer "" buttons {"cancel", "next"} default button "next")

      end repeat

      return theResult

    end getInfo

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)

    Gotos are evil!

    There are no evil programming statements only evil programmers


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