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ToolTalk User's Guide
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1.  Introducing the ToolTalk Service

2.  An Overview of the ToolTalk Service

3.  Message Patterns

4.  Setting Up and Maintaining the ToolTalk Processes

5.  Maintaining Application Information

6.  Maintaining Files and Objects Referenced in ToolTalk Messages

7.  Participating in ToolTalk Sessions

8.  Sending Messages

9.  Dynamic Message Patterns

10.  Static Message Patterns

11.  Receiving Messages

12.  Objects

13.  Managing Information Storage

14.  Handling Errors

Retrieving ToolTalk Error Status

Checking ToolTalk Error Status

Returned Value Status

Functions with Natural Return Values

Functions with No Natural Return Values

Returned Pointer Status

Returned Integer Status

Broken Connections

Error Propagation

A.  Migrating from the Classing Engine to the ToolTalk Types Database

B.  A Simple Demonstration of How the ToolTalk Service Works

C.  The ToolTalk Standard Message Sets

D.  Frequently Asked Questions



Broken Connections

The ToolTalk service provides a function to notify processes if your tool exits unexpectedly. When you include the tt_message_send_on_exit call, the ToolTalk service queues the message internally until one of two events happen:

  1. Your process calls tt_close.

    In this case, the ToolTalk service deletes the message from its queue.

  2. The connection between the ttsession server and your process is broken; for example, the application crashed.

    In this case, the ToolTalk service matches the queued message to a pattern and delivers it in the same manner as if your had sent the message normally before exiting.

Your process can also send a normal message on a normal termination by calling tt_message_send before it calls tt_close. In this case, if your process sends its normal termination message but crashes before it calls tt_close, the ToolTalk service will deliver both the normal termination message and the tt_message_send_on_exit message to interested processes.