Loading Project Files

To load the project's compiled program files, click the Load Project FAS button. This allows you to run the application. If VLISP detects that some of the source files do not exist in compiled format, it displays a message and asks if you want to compile those files:

If you choose Yes, VLISP attempts to compile all .lsp files that do not have a corresponding .fas file. If you choose No, VLISP loads all FAS files it finds for the project, and loads the AutoLISP source for the remaining project files. Choose Cancel to abort the load operation.

To load all project source files instead of their compiled versions, click the Load Source Files button. Remember that debugging breakpoints may be saved within source code files but are removed from the compiled version of the code. You might want to load source files to debug changes you've made to your programs.

Using the Project Properties dialog box shortcut menu, you can choose to load just selected files. Select the files you want to load, and then right-click and choose Load to load the FAS files, or choose Load Source to load the source code. Note that if you choose Load and a FAS file does not exist for a selected file, VLISP loads the AutoLISP source file instead.

NoteThe Lesson5 example from the AutoLISP Tutorial requires a DCL file to run successfully. The DCL file is included in the Lesson5 folder, but you cannot define a DCL file as part of a VLISP project. To run this example successfully, you must copy the DCL file to a directory in the AutoCAD support file search path. You can also define the DCL file as an application component, using the VLISP Make Application wizard. Using this method, the file does not have to be in the AutoCAD search path. Including a Project in a Visual LISP Application demonstrates how to define an application composed of a VLISP project and supporting files, such as DCL files.