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I've done a bit of Mac Programming, and am a Reasonable  C++ programmer.

How do use the standard Dialog box for the saving and loading of Classes?

For example, in the following class, how would I implement the loadFile, and saveFile methods? Also, please provide the function you would use to initialize the toolbox.

class      myClass
{
      public:
      unknown            loadFile(unknown);
      unknown            saveFile(unknown);

      private:
      string      myString;
      int            myInt;      
};
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>how would I implement the loadFile methods?
short numTypes = -1;
SFTypeList typeList;
StandardFileReply reply;
StandardGetFile(nil, numTypes, typeList, &reply);
if (reply.sfGood) {
// user selected a file
 //reply.sfFile is an FSSpec (mac specification record) for the file to load
}

>how would I implement the saveFile methods?
StandardFileReply reply;
StandardPutFile("\pPlease select destination", "\pNo name", &reply);
if (reply.sfGood) {
 //reply.sfFile is an FSSpec (mac specification record) for the saved file
}

>Also, please provide the function you  would use to initialize the toolbox.
static InitToolbox()
{
      InitGraf((Ptr) &qd.thePort);
      InitFonts();
      InitWindows();
      InitMenus();
      TEInit();
      InitDialogs(nil);
      InitCursor();
}
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by:rozell
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Good, this gets me the dialog boxes, but how do I output "myString", and "myInt" to the file, and then retrieve them? I guess this is the part that is really stumping me.
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by:roov
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Well, now you'd do the following, assuming the variable mySpec containg the FSSpec you've acquired.
1. Create the file, if required:
 anErr = FSpCreate(&mySpec, fileCreator, fileType, smSystemScript);
fileTpye and fileCreator can be any 4-byte constants that are meaningful to you.
2. Open it, and receive a reference to it:
short refNum = 0;
anErr = FSpOpenDF(&mySpec, fsRdWrPerm, &refNum);
form read/write permission.
3. Read /Write using:
long count = size of my buffer;
void* mybuffer = pointer to data
anErr = FSRead(refNum, &count, buffPtr);

and:
anErr = FSWrite(refNum, &count, buffPtr);

repectivly.

4. Close the file using:
anErr = FSClose(refNum);

Hope this fill out the data...
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by:rozell
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This is working, however it doesn't appear to be a C++ approach to the problem. Typically, when saving things in C++ one wants to be able to stream the data to disk. This way the programmer doesn't need to know everything about the classes he/she wishes to write to disk.

Is it possible to stream the data to disk in this manner, and if so how.
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In such case, the auumption must be that you know the File Specification (fspec) of the file you intend to stream to/from.
You originally requested dialogs, so that's what you got.

If you have the fspec, you can write a basic IO class for streaming, though the standard c++ io classes work if you don't need the resource fork.
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