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    Default Using Script src with a variable file name

    Hello all. I am almost completely new to web design and use FrontPage to create pages. I am, therefore, also almost completely new to working with java and tend to jazz up web pages by taking advantage of code that people make available on web sites.

    I am currently trying to use the Script src tag as follows:

    <script language=JavaScript1.2 src='MyScript.js'></script>

    However, I am trying to write it so that I have a variable for the src parameter. This is so that when I change the name of the script file, the src will still point to the correct "new" file. The resaon I need this is that using a new file name would "force" my user's browsers to pick up the new file without having to clear the cache.

    Further up in the code I have written this:

    <script language=JavaScript>
    var today = new Date()
    var myyear = today.getFullYear()*10000
    var mymonth = (today.getMonth()+1)*100
    var myday = today.getDay()+1
    var Mydate = myyear+mymonth+myday
    var MyLoader = MyScript" + Mydate + ".js"

    which, I beleive, creates a variable called MyLoader with the value:

    MyScriptyyyymmdd.js

    where yyyymmdd is today's date.

    Then simply by renaming my script file to MyScript20090303.js for example, this is the file that should be accessed.

    However, when I replace by calling line with

    <script language=JavaScript1.2 src=MyLoader></script>

    I get an error and the script file does not get run.

    Is there a way round this or have I missed something out to tell the script command that MyLoader is a variable?

    Many thanks for any help I receive!


    Sidders

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    Well, Java is a programming language, and Javascript is a scripting language used in Web browsers. They have two things in common:

    1. They both have Java in the name.
    2. They both look like C code.

    Other than that, they are completely different. You might try asking your question on a Javascript forum. Good luck!

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    Steve - Thanks for the reply. I am slowly learning the difference between the two! However, on this occasion (and I am willing to be corrected) my understanding is that the .js file I am calling is ok. In this case it is the reference to that file that I am trying to get to work correctly and this is in Java code rather than JavaScript or is my understanding of the differences not as advance as I thought?

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    the difference between java and javascript is that they are not related. period. the extension "js" stands for javascript. not java.

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    OK. Does this mean that the coding I have shown which is in an html file is still classed as "Java Script" rahter than Java even though it is not in a .js file?

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    everything you are doing, i can guarantee is javascript.

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