Any ASCII text editor can be used
to create a Phantom script. Generally, the script should have
the extension '.psc'. However, Phantom currently supports other
Scripts can contain any combination of Phantom
commands, including variables, functions, flow control, and window operations.
When a script is run using the Phantom interpreter, each command is
executed in turn. Scripts can also be run from within another script
using the 'include' command.
The following will take you through a step-by-step
process of creating and executing a script:
any standard ASCII text editor (such as notepad or the DOS editor)
2.Type the following lines of code:
This is a Phantom Script
string Hello = "Hello, Welcome to Phantom!!!!";
# This is the end of the script
3. Save the script as 'mysample.psc' in the same directory that 'phantom.exe'
is located. (Note: In Notepad, the extension may default
to '.txt' yielding a script name 'mysample.psc.txt'. If this is
the case, change the name in the DOS prompt)
4. If you are not already
at the DOS prompt, go to the DOS prompt.
5. Go to the directory in
which phantom.exe is located
6. Type 'phantom.exe mysample.psc'
and then enter
just ran your first script! The output should have looked something
| Phantom v2.0 |
| This DOS version is freeware
| Type 'stop' to quit.
Hello, Welcome to Phantom!!!!
Analyzing the 'mysample.psc' script
The 'mysample.psc' is a simple demonstration of
how the Phantom system works. The first and last lines of the
script were comments and ignored by the interpreter. The second
line created a 'string' variable and assigned it some data.
The third line printed that data to the screen.
That is really all there is to it to making and executing
Phantom scripts. Take a look at the included samples for an idea
how a script interacts with windows and uses function files. Also, much
of the sample code in this help document can be run as a Phantom script.
Example code with lines beginning with line numbers (ex: 1 >>,
2 >>, etc) are console commands. To
run them as a script, simply remove the line numbers and copy to a script.
Note: This example used the base DOS Phantom interpreter
to run a script. The Phantom Test Driver (PTD) and Phantom Sidekick
applications can also be used. To run a script using PTD or Sidekick,
consult their respective documentation.
See Also: The
Phantom Interpreter, Syntax, Functions,