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Embeddable script editor for MFC applications

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A library that allows you to embed scripting functionality to your C++ MFC application.

Objects Events Listing

Sample screenshot

Pop-Up Object properties and methods list

Sample screenshot

IntelliSense - like function parameters tooltips

Introduction

I've been searching the net for a suitable and affordable solution that will allow me to embed scripting functionality in my C++ application. What I found was either not sufficient or cost a lot of money.

So I've decided to make one of my own. After about a month of work and testing I've come up with this embeddable scripter.

I made it a separate DLL , which is really easy to use.

Usage

  1. Download the source code, and compile it. Make sure to compile the correct version (Debug\Release) or both.
  2. Include ScriptEditor.h in your project and add the library ScriptEditor.lib to your additional libraries. Make sure to reference the correct version! Debug version for debugging and release version for release!
  3. Copy the DLL to the same folder as your executable.
  4. In your code create an instance of CScripter and initialize it.
  5. Add your objects to the script and optionally the script text.

Example

In the header of your main application window add:

#include "..\ScriptEditor\Scripter.h"

Add member variable:

CScripter scripter;

Then when initializing add:

scripter.CreateEngine("VBScript");

After that add your objects to the script:

scripter.AddObject("MPlayer",(IDispatch *)m_mediaPlayer.GetControlUnknown());
scripter.AddObject("PlayButton", 
      (IDispatch *)m_commandButton.GetControlUnknown());
scripter.AddObject("TabStrip",(IDispatch *)m_tabStrip.GetControlUnknown());
scripter.AddObject("SimpleObject",m_simpleObject.GetIDispatch(TRUE));

And optionally set the script text:

scripter.scriptText = "MsgBox \"Test message\"";

After that the script is ready to run, you now may do one of the following:

// Run the script
scripter.StartScript();

// Stop the script execution

scripter.StopScript();

// Open the script editor window

scripter.LaunchEditor();

// Reset the script (All added objects are removed and engine is recreated)

scripter.Reset();

History

This is the first release so it's probably not bug free. I've done my best to track any bugs but there are always surprises. So I will post here any additions, patches and fixes that will follow.

  • 19/07/03 - The DLL source was updated to compile in VS.NET (read the messages below)

Credits

  • Gil Eizenburg for debugging and testing.
  • Smaller Animals Software, Inc. for ColorEditWnd class.
  • Daniel Madden for CTokenEx class.

License

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Alex Hazanov
Software Developer (Senior) RDV Systems
Israel Israel
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GeneralRe: I get "Permission Denied" error (solution found) Pin
Alex Hazanov24-Dec-03 10:59
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GeneralRe: I get "Permission Denied" error (solution found) Pin
Jason Hattingh24-Dec-03 14:09
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GeneralRe: I get "Permission Denied" error (could this be the solution?) Pin
Jason Hattingh7-Jan-04 9:29
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GeneralReference Counting Problem Pin
Danver Hartop5-Dec-03 10:39
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GeneralRe: Reference Counting Problem Pin
Alex Hazanov6-Dec-03 21:53
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GeneralRe: Reference Counting Problem Pin
Danver Hartop8-Dec-03 8:34
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GeneralRe: Reference Counting Problem Pin
Alex Hazanov9-Dec-03 9:36
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QuestionHow can I add my own objects ? Pin
Tony D.27-Nov-03 9:22
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GeneralFeatures request 2 Pin
M.Khadem13-Nov-03 16:22
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GeneralRe: Features request 2 Pin
Anonymous16-Nov-03 20:21
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GeneralRe: Features request 2 Pin
Alex Hazanov16-Nov-03 20:24
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GeneralRe: Features request 2 Pin
M.Khadem19-Nov-03 0:25
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GeneralRe: Features request 2 Pin
Alex Hazanov22-Nov-03 0:46
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GeneralAdding TypeLib Support Pin
Danver Hartop25-Oct-03 20:47
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GeneralRe: Adding TypeLib Support Pin
Alex Hazanov16-Nov-03 20:31
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GeneralIncremental re-parseing is needed. Pin
Ed Deighton25-Oct-03 6:05
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GeneralRe: Incremental re-parseing is needed. Pin
Ed Deighton26-Oct-03 15:39
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QuestionOnly English?? Pin
mutter2124-Oct-03 16:51
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AnswerRe: Only English?? Pin
Alex Hazanov25-Oct-03 13:20
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GeneralRe: Only English?? Pin
mutter2126-Oct-03 3:46
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GeneralActiveX Scripting in MFC Pin
TW19-Sep-03 1:49
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GeneralRe: ActiveX Scripting in MFC Pin
Alex Hazanov20-Sep-03 20:39
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QuestionHow about support other language (JScript)? Pin
davido25-Sep-03 2:05
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AnswerRe: How about support other language (JScript)? Pin
Anonymous6-Sep-03 8:49
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GeneralSome bugs (2) Pin
Brian van der Beek20-Aug-03 22:36
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