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Can values be assigned to object attributes using Assign, Execute, Eval?

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following my previous question, I have moved all potentially instable object interactions into Executes. But it Looks like "="-assignments to object Attributes cannot be done with Execute, only method calls. Using an "$obj = 1" construct, it compares (Eval) instead of sets (Execute) the value.

I have tested multiple different combinations, using Execute and Assign, but it seems not to work with object Attributes. :-(



Local $oIE = _IECreate("http://leo.org")

Local $var = ""

ConsoleWrite("a1) Assign to var: " & Assign("var", "test") & @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("a2) var value: " & $var & @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("a3) Assign to com attribute: " & Assign("oIE.document.title", "test") & @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("a4) com attribute value: " & $oIE.document.title & @CRLF)

$var = ""

ConsoleWrite("e1) Execute assign to var: " & Execute("$var=""test""") & @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("e2) var value: " & $var & @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("e3) Execute assign to com attribute: " & Execute("$oIE.document.title=""test""") & @CRLF)

ConsoleWrite("e4) com attribute value: " & $oIE.document.title & @CRLF)


Gives following Output:



a1) Assign to var: 1

a2) var value: test

a3) Assign to com attribute: 0

a4) com attribute value: LEO.org - Ihr Sprachangebot im Web

e1) Execute assign to var: False

e2) var value:

e3) Execute assign to com attribute: False

e4) com attribute value: LEO.org - Ihr Sprachangebot im Web


The assign Action using apply (a3) Fails, while assigning it directly, without Assign() works fine.

The execute versions compare and do not assign, in both cases. Though, the "Execute" topic in the help file says it executes, not evaluates.

I have found a similar, old thread, which explains this behavious but does not give a solution. https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/110228-pass-object-property-as-a-variable/  

Is there a way to assign to a com object's Attribute? Or is there anything new to this unexpected behaviour of Execute (at least compared to the help file description and Python's exec).


Any help is appreciated, and thank you for all the help so far.

Regards, Michael


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Why are you trying to use Assign and Execute? There are usually much easier and better ways to do whatever it is you're trying to Mickey Mouse together.

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3 minutes ago, BrewManNH said:

Why are you trying to use Assign and Execute? There are usually much easier and better ways to do whatever it is you're trying to Mickey Mouse together.

That is part of the Workaround described here  https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/191838-stop-fatal-errors-from-crashing-script-run/

I have to assign to a DOM element of a Website that has a script running in the Background and cutting/replacing parts of the dom structure. So I cannot make sure the element exists, before actually trying to assign to it. When by Chance, the targeted DOM element was cut just before I try to Access it, two Errors occur. 1st the com-error for referring to a non existent object or Attribute and 2nd a fatal AutoIt error for assigning to the non existent item. I can catch the com error with an ObjEvent handler. But I cannot stop the AutoIt error from stopping the script run. Running the Actions by Execute will throw the com error and savely return 1 in case of a fatal AutoIt error. That's why I wanted to place all critical com Actions into Execute Statements and evaluate the @error codes. I hope that explains the Approach.

However, I am open for better Solutions. It's just my current state of work.


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