Reusable Code Libraries

We've now discussed all of the basic principles of structuring VBScript programs, of constructing subroutines that can be used by various parts of your program, of building functions that perform calculations and other manipulations and pass the result back to the calling part of the program, and of creating classes that allow you to encapsulate real-world processes and objects. The emphasis on subroutines, functions, and classes, though, raises another issuethat of code reuse. Typically, classes are defined so that they can be used in a variety of applications. Similarly, many subroutines and functions are intended not only to reduce code in a single application, but also to be "black boxes" that can provide some service to multiple applications.

Although it generally hasn't been emphasized and is dependent on the host platform, VBScript code can be reused on three of the four host platforms discussed here. The only platform that doesn't support code reuse isOutlook forms. That means that if you're scripting for WSH, ASP, or Internet Explorer, you can develop code libraries that you import into your script.

2.4.1 Active Server Pages

You can import HTML, client-side script, or server-side script into an ASP file by using the #include server-side directive. Its syntax is:

where PathType is one of the following keywords:


Indicates that sFileName is relative path from the current directory


Indicates that sFileName is a full virtual path from the web server's root folder to the file to be included

and sFileName is the name of the file whose contents are to be included. Note that the #include directive must be surrounded by an HTML comment. The included file can consist of any combination of client-side script, server-side script, and HTML, as long as it is syntactically correct and consistent with the script or HTML source at the point in the ASP page at which it is inserted.

Examples Example 2-10 and Example 2-11 illustrate one possible use of the #include directive. Example 2-10 shows the contents of classes.inc, an include file that contains a class definition to be used by the ASP application. Example 2-11 shows the ASP page that includes the file. Note that the include file consists entirely of script and is delimited with the HTML tags (or the ASP <% and %> symbols). The ASP page in Example 2-11 inserts the contents of the include file in the HTML header, immediately after the tag.

Example 2-10. classes.inc, an include file


Example 2-11. An ASP page that uses an include file

<% Option Explicit %>

Including a Library File

Welcome to our web site!

Here is information about our server:

<% Dim oServer Set oServer = New CServer %> Name: <%= oServer.Name %>
Software: <%= oServer.Software %>
Port: <%= oServer.Port %>
Protocol <%= oServer.Protocol %>
Resource: <%= oServer.URL %>

The advantage of this approach is obvious: you can store common code in a separate file, making it available to all the ASP pages and all the ASP applications that require it. When that code requires modification, you need do so only once since there is only a single copy in a single location, rather than having to search through all of your web pages to discover which ones incorporate the code.

While reusable code libraries can be useful in ASP development, you should only include the code you actually need in your library. This is because there's a runtime cost associated with declaring a function for ASP. Including massive libraries in an ASP application tends to produce noticeable slowdowns in throughput.

2.4.2 Windows Script Host

Although standard Windows Script host files (i.e., .vbs files) do not allow you to import other files, WSH files with XML elements (i.e., .wsf files) do. Include another file by using the

Note that files must be included on a per-job basis. In other words, if a .wsf file contains multiple jobs, you must have a separate

where sURL is the URL of the include file and sLanguage is the language in which the file designated by sURL is written. sLanguage can be "VBScript" or any other valid scripting language.

The include file is simply inserted into the text stream on the client at the point that the tag.

Example 2-14. Validate.inc, an include file

Private Function IsBlank(sValue)
 If Trim(sValue) = "" Then
 IsBlank = True
 IsBlank = False
 End If
End Function

Example 2-15. A web page that uses an include file


The SRC Attribute

Please enter the following data



City: State Zip Code

Chapter 3 Data Types and Variables

Part I: The Basics


Program Structure

Data Types and Variables

Error Handling and Debugging

VBScript with Active Server Pages

Programming Outlook Forms

Windows Script Host 5.6

VBScript with Internet Explorer

Windows Script Components

Part II: Reference

Part III: Appendixes

Appendix A. Language Elements by Category

Appendix B. VBScript Constants

Appendix C. Operators

Appendix E. The Script Encoder

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Vbscript in a Nutshell
VBScript in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 0596004885
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
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