TweetFollow Us on Twitter

May 93 Tips, Tidbits
Volume Number:9
Issue Number:5
Column Tag:Tips & Tidbits

Related Info: Quickdraw Color Quickdraw

Tips & Tidbits

By Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief

This column is your opportunity to spread the word about little bits of information that you find out about. These tidbits can be programming related or they can be user tips that are particularly useful to programmers.

MacTech Magazine will pay $25 for every tip used, and $50 for the Tip of the Month. Or you can take your award in orders or subscriptions.

To submit a tip, send in a letter to the magazine. E-mail is our preferred method, but feel free to send something via the US Mail. See page two for all addresses. If you do send snail mail, enclose a printed copy and a disk copy of the letter so that it does not have to be retyped.

Tip of the Month

DebugFStr and DebugFsStr are C macros that enable developers to drop into a low-level debugger, such as MacsBug or TMON, and display the contents of variables in a formatted manner. One example would be to display a long in hex, decimal or octal notation. Better yet, several variables can be shown together on the same message line that is displayed by a debugger. These macros can be used by both Think C and MPW C. Here's how to use 'em (Think C users):

Add the DebugFStr or DebugFsStr macro to your code. To use either macro, include the ANSI (or ANSI-small) and the MacTraps libraries in your project. You must also include the "stdio.h" header file in any source file in which you intend to use these macros. Don't forget to define 'AND' because it is necessary for the syntax of both macros. Macro definitions:

/* 1 */
#define DebugFStr(x,y,z)  sprintf((char *)x,(char *)y,z);      
 \
 c2pstr((char *)x);\
 DebugStr(x);
#define DebugFsStr(x,y) { Str255 a_temporary_string = "\0";    
 \
 sprintf((char *)a_temporary_string,(char *)x,y);\
 c2pstr((char *)a_temporary_string); \
 DebugStr(a_temporary_string);}
#define AND ,

Place DebugFStr or DebugFsStr calls throughout your code in places where you want to drop into your low-level debugger and view the contents of variables. The syntax for using each macro is:

/* 2 */

DebugFStr((char *)resultString,(const char *)formatString,var1 AND var2 
AND varN)
DebugFsStr((const char *)formatString,var1 AND var2 AND   varN)

When using DebugFStr, you must declare and pass a string variable that will be used by the macro to hold the resulting formatted string. This string is a Str255.

FormatString should be a C string constant, enclosed in double-quotes, and can contain formatting information that is identical to the formatting information used for ANSI C's sprintf function.

The variables var1 through varN must be separated by the word AND and the variables must be ordered to correspond directly to the order of the variables defined in the formatString. See the Think C Standard Libraries Reference guide for more information about the sprintf function.

NOTE: The combined length of the formatString and the formatted variables cannot exceed 255 characters, because both macros call DebugStr which requires a Pascal-style string.

NOTE: Notice in the syntax for both macros that neither is delimited by a semicolon.

The only real difference between DebugFStr and DebugFsStr is that the DebugFsStr macro creates a temporary string variable for the formatted string result and DebugFStr requires you to supply a string which will be used by the macro to store the formatted string result.

Following is a function that demonstrates the use of DebugFStr.

/* 3 */

static void MyFunc(short dummy)
{
 long    tempL1 = 1000;
 long    tempL2 = 20;
 Str255  result;

 DebugFStr((char *)result,"In HEX, tempL1 is %#lX and tempL2 is %#lX.",
 tempL1 AND tempL2)
 tempL1 += tempL2;
 DebugFStr((char *)result,"In decimal, tempL1 is %ld.",templL1) }

In the sample function shown above, MyFunc would drop into your debugger two times. On the first drop, your debugger would display the message: In Hex, tempL1 is 0X3E8 and tempL2 is 0X14. On the second drop, your debugger would display the message: In decimal, tempL1 is 1020.

- Jerry Panagrossi

Int'l Biotech via AppleLink

Adding Touch to MPW

If you work much with makefiles, you may sometimes want an easy way to touch a file's modification date. MPW doesn't include a touch command, but it's easy to add one. Type this command into the MPW Worksheet and press Enter:

 Alias Touch "Setfile -m . "

With this alias, you can touch the last modification date of files by entering commands like "touch filename" (updates just the one filename) or "touch .f" (all files in current folder with names ending in ".f").

After you've tried this and decided it's something you'd like as a permanent feature in MPW, copy the above Alias command to your UserStartup file. That way it will be executed each time you launch MPW.

- Lee D. Rimar

Rochester Hills, MI

Subtle QuickDraw Change

If you are writing code that bypasses QuickDraw and writes directly to the screen, and your code is running under 32-bit QuickDraw, only mask off the upper two bits of the screen’s rowbytes value. Previous to 32-bit QuickDraw, the maximum value for rowbytes was $1FFE (bits 13-15 reserved for flags), but with 32-bit QuickDraw, the maximum restriction has been raised to $3FFE (only bits 14 & 15 are reserved).

In most situations, an application that does its own blits to the screen would not encounter any problems masking off bit 13 BUT the time has arrived where bit 13 is being used. For example, a screen of 2048 32-bit pixels requires a rowbytes value of $2000. Applications that mask off bit 13 will produce a rowbytes value of zero, and will wind up drawing only to the top line of the screen.

By the way, if you did overlook this subtle change to the pixmap structure in Inside Mac IV (Chapter 17, page 5), don't feel left out, as I've found popular commercial applications making the same mistake as well.

- John C. Signa

SuperMac Technology

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Live Home 3D Pro 3.2.2 - $69.99
Live Home 3D Pro, a successor of Live Interior 3D, is the powerful yet intuitive home design software that lets you build the house of your dreams right on your Mac. It has every feature of Live Home... Read more
FileZilla 3.27.0.1 - Fast and reliable F...
FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface. Version 3.27.0.1: MSW: Add misssing file to .zip binary package... Read more
Spotify 1.0.59.395. - Stream music, crea...
Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts... Read more
Sierra Cache Cleaner 11.0.6 - Clear cach...
Sierra Cache Cleaner is an award-winning general purpose tool for macOS X. SCC makes system maintenance simple with an easy point-and-click interface to many macOS X functions. Novice and expert... Read more
DiskCatalogMaker 7.1.2 - Catalog your di...
DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks. Simple, light-weight, and fast Finder-like intuitive look and feel Super-fast search algorithm Can compress catalog data for... Read more
Live Home 3D Pro 3.1.2 - $69.99
Live Home 3D Pro, a successor of Live Interior 3D, is the powerful yet intuitive home design software that lets you build the house of your dreams right on your Mac. It has every feature of Live Home... Read more
Deeper 2.2.1 - Enable hidden features in...
Deeper is a personalization utility for macOS which allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple's... Read more
Pinegrow 3.04 - Mockup and design webpag...
Pinegrow (was Pinegrow Web Designer) is desktop app that lets you mockup and design webpages faster with multi-page editing, CSS and LESS styling, and smart components for Bootstrap, Foundation,... Read more
Deeper 2.2.1 - Enable hidden features in...
Deeper is a personalization utility for macOS which allows you to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, login window, Spotlight, and many of Apple's... Read more
Spotify 1.0.59.395. - Stream music, crea...
Spotify is a streaming music service that gives you on-demand access to millions of songs. Whether you like driving rock, silky R&B, or grandiose classical music, Spotify's massive catalogue puts... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

The best deals on the App Store this wee...
There are quite a few truly superb games on sale on the App Store this week. If you haven't played some of these, many of which are true classics, now's the time to jump on the bandwagon. Here are the deals you need to know about. [Read more] | Read more »
Realpolitiks Mobile (Games)
Realpolitiks Mobile 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $5.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: PLEASE NOTE: The game might not work properly on discontinued 1GB of RAM devices (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad... | Read more »
Layton’s Mystery Journey (Games)
Layton’s Mystery Journey 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $15.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: THE MUCH-LOVED LAYTON SERIES IS BACK WITH A 10TH ANNIVERSARY INSTALLMENT! Developed by LEVEL-5, LAYTON’S... | Read more »
Full Throttle Remastered (Games)
Full Throttle Remastered 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Originally released by LucasArts in 1995, Full Throttle is a classic graphic adventure game from industry legend Tim... | Read more »
Stunning shooter Morphite gets a new tra...
Morphite is officially landing on iOS in September. The game looks like the space shooter we've been needing on mobile, and we're going to see if it fits the bill quite shortly. The game's a collaborative effort between Blowfish Studios, We're Five... | Read more »
Layton's Mystery Journey arrives to...
As you might recall, Layton's Mystery Journey is headed to iOS and Android -- tomorrow! To celebrate the impending launch, Level-5's released a new trailer, complete with an adorable hamster. [Read more] | Read more »
Sidewords (Games)
Sidewords 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Grab a cup of coffee and relax with Sidewords. Sidewords is part logic puzzle, part word game, all original. No timers. No... | Read more »
Noodlecake Games' 'Leap On!...
Noodlecake Games is always good for some light-hearted arcade fun, and its latest project, Leap On! could carry on that tradition. It's a bit like high stakes tetherball in a way. Your job is to guide a cute little blob around a series of floating... | Read more »
RuneScape goes mobile later this year
Yes, RuneScape still exists. In fact, it's coming to iOS and Android in just a few short months. Jagex, creators of the hit fantasy MMORPG of yesteryear, is releasing RuneScape Mobile and Old School RuneScape for mobile devices, complete with... | Read more »
Crash of Cars wants you to capture the c...
Crash of Cars is going full on medieval in its latest update, introducing castles and all manner of new cars and skins fresh from the Dark Ages. The update introduces a new castle-themed map (complete with catapults) and a gladiator-style battle... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Save or Share
FotoJet Designer, is a simple but powerful new graphic design apps available on both Mac and Windows. With FotoJet Designer’s 900+ templates, thousands of resources, and powerful editing tools you... Read more
Logo Maker Shop iOS App Lets Businesses Get C...
A newly released app is designed to help business owners to get creative with their branding by designing their own logos. With more than 1,000 editable templates, Logo Maker Shop 1.0 provides the... Read more
Sale! New 15-inch MacBook Pros for up to $150...
Amazon has the new 2017 15″ MacBook Pros on sale for up to $150 off MSRP including free shipping: – 15″ 2.8GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2249 $150 off MSRP – 15″ 2.89Hz MacBook Pro Space Gray: $2779 $... Read more
DEVONthink To Go 2.1.7 For iOS Brings Usabili...
DEVONtechnologies has updated DEVONthink To Go, the iOS companion to DEVONthink for Mac, with enhancements and bug fixes. Version 2.1.7 adds an option to clear the Global Inbox and makes the grid... Read more
15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro, Apple refu...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1699. That’s $300 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for a 15″ MacBook Pro. An Apple one-year warranty is... Read more
13-inch 2.3GHz Silver MacBook Pro on sale for...
B&H Photo has the new 2017 13″ 2.3GHz/256GB Silver MacBook Pro (MPXU2LL/A) on sale for $1399 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Apple Tackles Distracted Driving With iOS 11...
One of the most important new features coming in iOS 11 is Do Not Disturb while driving, intended to help drivers stay more focused on the road. With Do Not Disturb while driving, your iPhone can... Read more
iMazing Mini for Mac: Free Automatic and Priv...
Geneva, Switzerland-based indie developer DigiDNA has released iMazing Mini, their free macOS utility designed to automatically back up iOS devices over any local Wi-Fi network. The app offers users... Read more
Clearance 2016 13-inch MacBook Airs, Apple re...
Apple dropped prices recently on Certified Refurbished 2016 13″ MacBook Airs, with models now available starting at $809. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
9.7-inch 2017 iPads available for $299, save...
B&H Photo has 2017 9.7″ 32GB WiFi iPads on sale for $30 off MSRP for a limited time. Shipping is free, and pay sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 32GB iPad WiFi: $299, $30 off Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple...
SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple...
SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
Senior Payments Architect - *Apple* Pay - A...
Changing the world is all in a day's work at Apple . If you love innovation, here's your chance to make a career of it. You'll work hard. But the job comes with more Read more
Frameworks Engineering Manager, *Apple* Wat...
Frameworks Engineering Manager, Apple Watch Job Number: 41632321 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: Jun. 15, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 Job Summary Read more
Manager, *Apple* Media Products - Apple Inc...
Job Summary The Apple Media Products Discovery, Fraud and Abuse team is responsible for protecting the integrity of Apple services. As a manager of the team, you Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.