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Topic: Name Spaces - or Lack Thereof...
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 54807
From: terrill
Date: 5/29/2002 05:08 PM

Here's a good one for ya! I've been programming in C since 1984, and this blew me away... sorry for the length, but I don't like leaving out details (it's the Assembler Language programmer in me):

1. Create two text fields. We'll call 'em "fa" and "fb"

2. In the "validate" tab for fa, click on the "Custom validate scrip," and edit the script.

3. Copy/Paste the following code:

// ----CODE STARTS ----
var y;
var x;

var arSections = new Array();

var arSectionsLen = arSections.length

for (var i = 0; i < arSectionsLen; i++) {
   x += arSections[i] + "\n";

app."X: " + x);
// ----CODE ENDS ----

4. Save the code. You should (in Acrobat 4.05, at least) get an alert. The results look like:

X: undefinedbill

5. Now, click the "hand" and make a change in fa, and press tab (do it a couple times, for fun!):

X: undefinedbill

6. In the validate tab of fb, Add the following code:

// ----CODE STARTS ----

var x;

app."X: " + x);

// ----CODE ENDS ----

7. Save it. Start in either field you'd like, but things are now getting hairy! Seems
both fields share a name space.

What's worse, the "var x;" does not create a new variable. Which means, if you happen to be working in a team environment, and you pick names similar to those of your co-works, you're BOTH screwed!

I even tried the "old C programmers" trick of declaring a new "var x" inside the braces of a for loop:

// ----CODE STARTS ----

var x = "hi";

app."X: " + x);

for (var i = 0; i < 2; i++) {
   x = i;

app."X2: " + x);

// ----CODE ENDS ----

If you try this, after Adobe crashes... remove the last alert.

Don't know who designed the name space in this, but they sure do leave a LOT to be desired!!!


When creating variables, assign them values:

var x = new String;
var i = 0;
var myX = "";

ANYTHING! Just rememeber... you're tromping on someone else's "x!" And it COULD be your own!!!


Give every variable a prefix of whatever field/event you're in:

// blur event
var custNameBlurX = 0;
var custNameBlurS = new Array();

Hey, enjoy!!! It's just "programming" in the 21st Century... "Code Without Thought."

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