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Chapter 5. MEL > Summary

Summary

To conclude this chapter, it is important to note that this is really just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many other extremely useful ways to use MEL as a fully functional programming language inside Maya. The topics covered were tailored around a quick introduction to the concept of MEL and the general usage and common syntax rules that might not be clearly outlined already in the online Maya documentation. A good example of this is adding a menuItem to one of Maya's global menus. Learning to parse strings in a loop can be applied to solve many different problems, so instead an example was displayed that was both easy to understand and hopefully somewhat amusing. The importance of all these topics can be vital to learning and using MEL in the professional working environment of a digital production studio, but there is so much more of MEL to be seen. Be sure to read Appendix A if you are looking for more useful MEL tips and techniques.

Some final notes, helpful learning advice, and resources: Use the MEL commands help and showHelp by typing help and then the command name. By typing help help;, you can even get help on the help command! Also, if you are ever unsure of whether something is a MEL command or a procedure, or where a script is getting sourced from, use the MEL command whatIs to get the full path to the MEL file or find out that it is a command.


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