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Abusing UIHints for Fun and Profit

juliaschatzjuliaschatz Member, Developers Posts: 8 EDU
I had some fun making an early April Fool's joke about adding microtransactions to my featurescripts. This uses UIHint.REMEMBER_PREVIOUS_VALUE, UIHint.ALWAYS_HIDDEN, and an editing logic function to keep track of how many times someone has used a script and encourages them to buy more uses when they run out. An example of this applied is here.

This isn't practical for this purpose for a few reasons: There's no way to access the internet to verify redemption codes (although large random numbers stored in a private document could work), and all REMEMBER_PREVIOUS_VALUE values are reset when the user changes the version of the script (updates it, for example).

I originally did this just as an experiment about transferring data that the user doesn't interact with between script runs, essentially turning any field marked REMEMBER_PREVIOUS_VALUE into a storage location for anything that can be serialized to a string. This could be used to store configuration information, copy data between part studios, or any number of things.

Hope this is a little bit interesting at least.


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    konstantin_shiriazdanovkonstantin_shiriazdanov Member Posts: 1,221 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Onshape developers: We want deterministic behavior for feature regeneration so let's design a new safe language for that.
    Onshape users: We want microtransactions so let's see, what could we do for that >:)
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    Evan_ReeseEvan_Reese Member Posts: 2,071 PRO
    This is hilarious!
    Evan Reese / Principal and Industrial Designer with Ovyl
    Website: ovyl.io
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