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Scripting Objects

The vbScript library that provides the scripting language support for AS Pals provides a number of other objects that can be used to extend the developer's application. These are collectively known as Scripting Objects. The three objects we will be concerned with are:

Dictionary Object -- Allows the programmer to store information in a single data structure similiar to a collection

FileSystemObject -- Provides utilities to locate, open, read and close files on the server.

TextStream -- This objects allows you to manipulate the contents of files.

Dictionary object

A dictionary object can be thought of a s a Webster's dictionary for your application where you can store information in it, such as descriptions and attach a keyword so that you can later locate the information.

Creating Dictionary objects

We may create an instance of dictionary object like following:

'In VBScript
Dim objMyDictionary
objMyDictionary = Server.CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")

//In JScript:
var objMyDictionary = Server.CreateObject('Scripting.Dictionary');

Dictionary object methods

Add(key,item): Adds the key/item to the dictionary
Exists(key): Returns True if the specified key exists or False if not.
Items(): Returns an array containing all the items in a Dictionary object.
Keys(): Returns an array containing all the keys in a Dictionary object.
Remove(key): Removes a single key/item pair specified by key.
RemoveAll): removes all the key/item pairs.

Dictionary Object properties:

CompareMode: (VBScript only). Sets or returns the string comparison mode for the keys.
Count: Read only. Returns the number of key/tiem pairs in the Dictionary.
Item(key): Sets or returns the value of the item for the specified key.
Key(key): Sets the value of key.

Adding and removing items

Once we create an instance of dictioanry, we can add items to it, retrieve them and remove them

'In VBScript
objMyDictionary.Add "MyKey","MyItem" 'Add value MyItem with key Mykey
objMyDictionary.Add "MyKey2","MyItem2" 'Add value MyItem2 with key Mykey2
blnIsThere = objMyDictionary.Exists("MyKey") ' Return true bacause the item exists;
strItem = objMyDictionary.Item("MyKey2") 'Retrieve value of Mykey2
strItem= objMyDictionary.Remove("MyKEy") 'Retrieve and remove MYkey
objMyData.removeAll ' Remove All the Items

//In JScript
objMyDictionary.Add 'MyKey','MyItem' //Add value MyItem with key Mykey
objMyDictionary.Add 'MyKey2',"MyItem2' //Add value MyItem2 with key Mykey2
blnIsThere = objMyDictionary.Exists('MyKey') // Return true bacause the item exists;
strItem = objMyDictionary.Item('MyKey2') //Retrieve value of Mykey2
strItem= objMyDictionary.Remove('MyKEy') //Retrieve and remove MYkey
objMyData.removeAll // Remove All the Items



Example 1 -- Save information about an Apple, Lemon and Cherry, the color of each

dim objDictionary

Set objDictionary=CreateObject("Scripting.Dictionary")
objDictionary.add "Apple","red"
objDictionary.add "Lemon","Yellow"
'Use hte Add method to add more items to the dictionary
'Syntax: object.add key, value
dim strKey
dim strValue
objDictionary.Add strKey,strValue

'Retrieve Data

Response.write " Retrieving Data..<br>"

Response.write "Value stored with the key of 'Apple'is " & strValue

'Use the Item method to locate items in the dictionary
strKey = "Lemon"
strValue = objDictionary.Item(strKey)
Response.Write "Value Stored with key of '" &strKey& "' is " & strValue
Response.write "Store dictionary for later use<br>"
Set Session("MyDictionary") = objDictionary
Session("MyDictionaryStored") = True
Response.Write "Dictionary is stored in your session object."

Example 2-- Changing information in the dictionary

Dim bDictionaryExists
bDictionaryExists = Session ("MyDictionaryStored")

if bDictionaryExists <> true then
Response.Redirect "dic.asp"
dim objDictionary
Set objDictionary = Session("MyDictionary")

'Use the Exists property to determine if the Item exists. If so, change 'it's value

if objDictionary.Exists("Apple") then
objDictionary.Item("Apple") = "Green"
Response.write " Changed the value of Apple to Green<br>"
Response.write "Value stored with key of 'Apple' is " & objDictionary.Item("Apple") & "<br>"
end if

if objDictionary.Exists("Lemon") then
objDictionary.Key("Lemon")= "Banana"
Response.write "Change the key of Lemon to banana"
Response.write "Value stored with key of 'Banana' is " & objdictionary.Item("Banana") & "<br>"

end if
end if

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