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Components of the Siebel Programming Environment

The individual components of the Siebel programming environment include:

  • Server Script. The following scripting languages can be used in server scripts:
    • Siebel VB. A programming language that is syntactically and semantically compatible with Microsoft Visual Basic. Because the language uses most of the same commands and standards as Microsoft Visual Basic, you can extend your Siebel application and reduce training costs.
    • Siebel eScript. A programming language that is syntactically and semantically compatible with Netscape JavaScript. In parallel with Siebel VB, the language uses most of the same commands and standards as JavaScript, giving you the same advantages in an alternative language. Moreover, you can use Siebel eScript on all Siebel-supported operating systems. Siebel VB is supported on the Microsoft Windows operating system only.
  • Browser Script. A type of script (introduced in Siebel 7) that executes in and is interpreted by the Browser. Browser Scripts are written in JavaScript and interact with the Document Object Model (DOM) as well as with the Siebel Object Model available in the Browser through the Browser Interaction Manager. A developer can script the behavior of Siebel events as well as the Browser events that are exposed through the DOM. Be aware that the DOMs for Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator are different. Browser Script may only be used with applications which run in high interactivity mode, except when scripting Control events supported by the Browser Document Object Model.
  • Siebel Script Editor. An integrated editor used to create, view, edit, and save custom program routines. The script editor has a code editing feature called Script Assist (introduced in version 7.8). Script Assist provides auto-complete, auto-indentation, method listing, and method signature capabilities to help minimize errors as you develop script. For more information about the Siebel Script Editor, including how to enable Script Assist, see Using Siebel Tools.
  • Siebel Debugger. Assists you in detecting errors contained within Siebel programming language routines. It does not assist in detecting errors outside of the context of custom program routines. The Siebel Debugger can be invoked automatically from Siebel applications when a run-time error occurs if the Siebel application was invoked with the debug option, /H, on the command startup line. The Debugger can also be invoked from the Debug toolbar and Debug menu. The Debugger is described in more detail in Using Siebel Tools.
  • Compiler/Interpreter. A nonvisual component of the Siebel programming languages that compiles and executes Siebel custom program routines. It is similar to Microsoft's Visual Basic Language Interpreter. Siebel language routines are compiled into p-code and stored with the other object definitions in the SRF file.
  • Object Interfaces. A collection of selected objects that expose their data and functionality to custom routines. The interface provides access to Siebel business objects with defined methods, events, and associated data. The object interfaces are the subject of this book.
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