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October 31, 2000 - File I/O

Yehuda Shiran October 31, 2000
File I/O
Tips: October 2000

Yehuda Shiran, Ph.D.
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You can use JavaScript to do real stuff on your computer. Among other things, you can open a file, read from a file, and write to a file. You do it by the OpenAsTextStream() method of the File object. Its syntax is as follows:

file.OpenAsTextStream(iomode, format);

where iomode can get the following values:

ForReading1Open a file for reading only. You can't write to this file.
ForWriting2Open a file for writing.
ForAppending8Open a file and write to the end of the file.

And format can be set to three values:

TristateUseDefault-2Open the file using the system default
TristateTrue-1Open the file as Unicode
TristateFalse0Open the file in ASCII mode

Here is a code that creates a new file, opens it for writing in ASCII mode, and writes "Hello World" to it. At the end, it closes the file:

var TristateFalse = 0;
var ForWriting = 2;
myActiveXObject = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject");
file = myActiveXObject.GetFile("c:\\test.txt");
text = file.OpenAsTextStream(ForWriting, TristateFalse);
text.Write("Hello World");
// -->

Notice that you have to define the constants by yourself.