Posting Scripts - Inline, Attachment or Downloads?


Jon

There are three ways you can posts scripts, these are:

  • Inline code
  • Attachments
  • Download system

Each has different advantages and disadvantages. In general you should use:

  • Inline code - for short code snippets
  • Attachments - for more complicated code larger than a page.
  • Downloads system - for projects or complex libraries

 

Inline Code

  • Best for entering short snippets of code
  • Easiest for other users to see
  • May be accidentally modified by forum upgrades or when re-editing your post - it's happened before...

Inline code is entered using the "Add Code" button in the toolbar and after posting appears with syntax highlighting like this:

; This is some AutoIt code
MsgBox(4096, "Message", "Hello there!")

Code over around 50 lines will appear in a scrollable box. At this point it becomes more difficult for other users to work with and you should consider an attachment instead.

 

Attachments

  • Best for long pieces of code, entire programs, or multiple files
  • Unlikely to be accidentally lost or modified by forum upgrades or when re-editing your post
  • Counts against your global attachment allocation
  • Can be seen in the "username / My Attachments" part of your profile, along with the number of downloads

Multiple attachments can be added to a post. As attachments are stored as complete files in the filesystem, they are more robust than inline code snippets.

 

Downloads System

  • Best for very long and complicated projects or libraries that are of significant use to the community
  • Uses a different part of the forum that is optimised for file downloads and features screenshots, change logs, download counts, etc.
  • Does not count against your global attachment allocation

This can be accessed here: Downloads System.

 

Edited by Jon

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