External Components

PxPlus OLE Server


The PxPlus OLE Server (PxPlus.Script) delivers the reverse functionality to that of PxPlus COM Support - it allows external applications to directly invoke and interact with PxPlus and PxPlus objects.

The purpose of this interface is to expose the PxPlus environment to virtually any outside COM-compliant application. With the OLE Server running, it is possible to create a PxPlus object and then invoke it from other languages, such as VB, VBScript, Delphi, and C++. You can also use DCOM to invoke the PxPlus object remotely.

For general descriptions of Microsoft OLE and COM, see Concepts and Terminology.

Important Note:
Prior to PxPlus 2021:  32-bit PxPlus supported only the Providex.Script name.

As of PxPlus 2021:  For compatibility purposes, 32-bit PxPlus still ships with pvxcom.exe and pvxscript.dll and supports the Providex.Script name. This is in addition to having pxpcom.exe and pxpscript.dll and supporting the PxPlus.Script name.

It is not possible to register and use both the 32-bit and 64-bit pxpcom.exe and pxpscript.dll at the same time. Only one can be registered at a time.

Registration of the OLE Server

Access to PxPlus.Script requires running pxpcom.exe, which is included with the installation of PxPlus for Windows. Use of the interface may require a separately purchased activation key apart from your initial PxPlus for Windows activation. Further to this, pxpcom.exe may need to be registered manually on your Windows OS (if registration did not occur with your installation of PxPlus).

You will be required to run a Command prompt or Windows PowerShell as an administrator to allow the registry updates to take effect.

To add pxpcom.exe to the Windows registry, enter the following from the Command line:

path\pxpcom.exe /regserver


path is the directory of the PxPlus version you are running.

This can be unregistered by entering the following from the Command line:

path\pxpcom.exe /unregserver

One way to verify that the executable pxpcom.exe is registered correctly is by running the following VB script:

Set pxp = CreateObject("PxPlus.Script")
pxp.Init ""
MsgBox "Version =" & nm
set pxp=nothing

Using PxPlus.Script

The interface is invoked in an external language via PxPlus.Script:



Set pxp = CreateObject("PxPlus.Script")






var oPxp = new ActiveXObject("PxPlus.Script"); // Java

Six methods are available for use with PxPlus.Script:


Called before accessing any other method in the script engine in order to set the working directory for the server and perform binding to the PxPlus dll layer.

The path should be set to the desired working directory or blank to indicate the current directory. (In most cases, the current directory will be the system directory.)


Invoked to execute any PxPlus Command statement.


Evaluates and returns the expression provided and returns its value as a variant. (It can be used as either a numeric or a string.)


Runs the specified program. This method does not return until the program ends.

Reset( )

Closes all local files and clears variables (executes a BEGIN).

NewObject(name, params ...)

Creates a new object of the specified name and returns an object reference. See Additional Properties.

Three properties are also associated with the interface:



Returns a unique string to identify the server during its lifetime.



Returns the state of the server: 0 (zero) = Uninitialized; 1 = Initialized.



Read/write property used to access the specified PxPlus parameter.

Additional Properties

To create an object within the OLE Server, the method NewObject is used. It returns an object identifier to the PxPlus object that was created. Along with the PxPlus defined properties and methods, the OLE server adds the following properties:



Returns a unique identifier of the PxPlus.Script object that was used to create the automation object. This is important because the automation object cannot be passed to another PxPlus.Script server.



Returns the parent PxPlus.Script object.



Returns the PxPlus handle to which the automation object is tied.

Naming Conventions

Be aware that COM is generally data-type insensitive; i.e. it does not support the $ or % suffix. This can cause a problem when dealing with PxPlus via the OLE Server since, in PxPlus, you can have Cust_no$ and Cust_no (as two unique data variables).

To avoid this issue, the OLE Server mandates that all property references indicate the property type in the first character of the property name:


For string variables


For numeric variables


For integer variables


For object variables (Required)


Cat$ becomes sCat
Dog becomes nDog
Pig% becomes iPig

These prefixes are only for use by programs using the OLE Server, not by the PxPlus application itself. This means that the property Cust_no$ in PxPlus would be sCust_no when referenced by the OLE Server, and the property Cust_no in PxPlus would be nCust_no, etc.

Important Note:
Do not use these prefixes in the property definition. Use of the o prefix allows the specification of properties and/or methods within PxPlus objects to be declared themselves as objects.

PxPlus as Windows Script

Through the use of the OLE server, PxPlus itself can become a script language for any Windows system. PxPlus files saved with a .pvs suffix may be passed to the PxPlus script engine to be executed as a script in Windows applications.

Using PxpScript

The PxPlus-based script files are exposed through pxpscript.dll, a specially built interface that utilizes IActiveScript and IActiveScriptParse for access to MS scripting (hosts such as IIS, WScript, MS Script Control, etc.). Code execution is passed to pxpcom.exe, which sends commands to pvxwin32.dll. The whole process looks like the following:

Windows Application --> PxpScript --> OLE Server --> PxPlus

The pxpscript.dll must be installed in the same directory as pxpcom.exe and pvxwin32.dll. As with pxpcom.exe, the pxpscript.dll may need to be registered manually on your Windows OS (if registration did not occur with your installation of PxPlus). Adding PxpScript to the registry ensures the creation of:

Usage Notes

Script definitions vary slightly from regular PxPlus language syntax in that the text is basically passed to PxPlus as a series of execute commands. However, there is an exception: any code that starts with a statement label and ends with END will be considered a program and built as if it were typed in. After the END directive, you can then issue a GOTO label;RUN to begin execution of the code. (The short cut is # xxxxx where xxxxx is the label.)

Script-based programs do not recognize line numbers in the same manner as PxPlus. When an error occurs in a script, the line number reported will reflect the (sequential) line number from the original script input file/document.

Host applications can usually expose what are referred to as "global named items". These items are COM objects that the host exposes to the script interface to allow the script to interact with the hosting application.


WScript exposes wscript, wsh; IE exposes window; IIS exposes response, request, etc.

It is the developer's responsibility to understand the syntax related to the environment for which he/she will be developing scripts. Named items are based on the context of the host; therefore, the same code may not be valid in all environments.

Sample Script

The following is a .pvs file that may be executed from Internet Explorer:

10 !preinput -1300;preinput 0;input *
15 ! Uncomment line 10 to get the trace window
20 objArgs = %WScript'Arguments
30 MSGBOX str(%WScript'*)
40 MSGBOX str(objArgs'Count)
50 i=objArgs'Count-1
60 WHILE (i >= 0)
70 MSGBOX Str(i); MSGBOX objArgs'_$(i)
75 i--
100 END
#10 ! GOTO line 10 and RUN

This logic executes as follows:

Add lines 10 to 100 to the engine.
Execute a GOTO 10.
Execute a RUN. The code will stop running at line 100 (and the script interface gets control back).
Execute MSGBOX directly.