Example: Run JavaScript in the Command Window

The V8 JavaScript engine is built into Manifold so we can always run JavaScript within the Command window.  For tips on editing the text of scripts, see the Editing Queries, Scripts and Comments topic.


Must read info:   All programmers should review the API Documentation online.    The API Documentation provides total details on the API and also provides hundreds of examples, many of which are provided side-by-side in three versions, in C#, in VBScript and in IronPython.


In the screen shots below we have closed the Project pane and other panes, to enable more compact illustrations.   



 Choose View - New Command Window - JavaScript to open a Command window for JavaScript.





In the command pane we enter a classic example of recursion used to compute the factorial of a number:


function factorial(n) {

  return n === 1 ? 1 : n * factorial(n - 1);




JavaScript is recursive so we can utilize the power of recursion to write a simple and elegant factorial function.




We then call the function to calculate the factorial of the number 6, the factorial being 6 * 5 * 4 * 3 * 2 * 1.



We push the ! run button to execute the script.  



The Log window reports both the script we ran as well as the result, in this case 720, the factorial of 6.


We will now create a script that uses a message box.    We will compute a Fibonacci number using, once again, recursion.


function fib(a) {

  if (a < 1)

    return 0;

  if (a == 1)

    return 1;

  return fib(a-1) + fib(a-2);



Manifold.Application.MessageBox('fib(7)=' + fib(7));


We enter the above script into the command pane and then press the ! button to run the script.



As expected, the result is a message box with the seventh Fibonacci number, 13.



Manifold has the V8 engine, a very fast Javascript engine, built in so that Javascript is always available.  In addition to being an exceptionally fast engine V8 is true, regular Javascript from the Javascript masters at Google, so almost any Javascript code will work.



Ah, that Google humor... -  An actual screenshot just after pushing the search button...


See Also





Editing Queries, Scripts and Comments




Command Window


Example: Create and Run a Query -  See how the different parts of a command window operate when creating and running SQL queries.   Includes use of the Log tab as well as the ?expression and !fullfetch commands.


Example: Refer to a Table within a Data Source -  Within a query, how to refer to a table that is in a data source.


Example: Switching between Manifold and Native Query Engines - How to use the !manifold and !native commands to switch a query in the Command window from use the Manifold query engine to whatever query engine is provided by a data source.


Example: Automatically Generating CREATE Queries - How to use the Command window to automatically generate SQL in the form of CREATE queries that create a desired component.


Example: VBScript to Create Locations from a Table - Use VBScript to take a table where each record has a name, scale, latitude and longitude and for each record create a Location component in the project.


Must read info:   All programmers should review the API Documentation online.