On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 7:50 PM James Platt <j...@biomantica.com> wrote:
> I'm working on organizing and documenting some things and I have some code, 
> below, which works but I don't understand why.  Specifically, why don't I get 
> an error about table3 not being defined?

The reason you don't get an error for the code you posted is because
the mention of `table3` (before its definition) in `info-menu-item` is
inside a function body. The referent of the name `table3` isn't
required to define `info-menu-item`; it's sufficient to know that it
refers to _something_, and that it will be available when that
function is (later) called.

> In other words, I want to be able to define table3 in one file which requires 
> the file where row-edit-menu is defined but I can't seem to figure out how to 
> get this to work.

It's a bit trickier to define these things in separate files, because
their definitions refer to each other (though indirectly in this
case), and the module system does not tolerate cyclic dependencies.
The most straightforward way to break the cycle would be to take
advantage of the fact that `table3` and `info-menu-item` each depends
on `row-edit-menu`, and `info-menu-item` further depends on `table3`,
but `row-edit-menu` doesn't depend on either. So the dependencies
aren't really cyclical. You can divide stuff up into separate modules
like so:

#lang racket

(require racket/gui/base)

(provide frame3

(define frame3
  (new frame%
       [label "myTable 3"]
       [width 800]
       [height 600]))

(define row-edit-menu (new popup-menu%))

#lang racket

(require racket/gui/base

(provide table3

;set up columns
(define (column1 data) (vector-ref data 0))
(define (column2 data) (vector-ref data 1))

(define my-columns
   (qcolumn "Column1" column1 column1)
   (qcolumn "Column2"
            (λ (row)
              ;(displayln row)
              ;(displayln (db-row-ref row "Column2" headers 1))
              (if (number? (column2 row)) (number->string (column2
row)) "");This allows a cell to be blank.
              ;(number->string (column2 row))

(define table3
  (new (class qresults-list% (init) (super-new))
       [parent frame3]
       [pref-tag 'preferences-tag]
       [selection-type 'multiple]
       [right-click-menu row-edit-menu]))

(define (add-rows)
  (send table3 add-row (vector "R1C1" 10))
  (send table3 add-row (vector "R2C1" 11))
  (send table3 add-row (vector "R3C1" 12))
  (send table3 add-row (vector "R4C1" 13)))

#lang racket

(require racket/gui/base

(provide info-menu-item)

(define info-menu-item
  (new menu-item%
       [label "info"]
       [parent row-edit-menu]
       [callback (λ (menu-item event)
                   (message-box "Info"
                                (~a "You have selected " (length (send
table3 get-selected-row-indexes)) " rows")

#lang racket

(require "menu.rkt"

(send frame3 show #t)

Hope that helps.

- Jon

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