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Unread 10-04-2010, 10:16 PM
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issue with functions inside of a class

I recently ran across an issue where when I am defining functions inside of a class I can no longer use the "self" identifier such as:
Code:
10   MyWindow = class( Turbine.UI.Window )
11 
12   function MyWindow:Constructor()
13     Turbine.UI.Lotro.Window.Constructor( self ) --this part works fine
14     self.int = 5
15     ...
16   end
17
18   function MyWindow:BronkenFunction()
19     self.int = self.int + 1 
20   end
Oversimplified but should give the right idea, in this kind of an instance I end up getting an "Attempt to index local self (a 'nil' value)" error, and the thing that bugs me the most is I have functions in other files that work just fine and they are written the same way (outside the constructor)

Any idea what it is that I am missing? This really has me lost tonight...
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When you call the BronkenFunction(), are you using . or :? I.e.,

myWindow = MyWindow();
myWindow.BronkenFunction();

vs.

myWindow = MyWindow();
myWindow:BronkenFunction();

Because you should be doing the second.
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Okay, that worked, and explains why it was so flacky and only did it when I clicked one button (all the other ways it was called worked fine). Guess I was more tired then I thought last night.

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Okay, that worked, and explains why it was so flacky and only did it when I clicked one button (all the other ways it was called worked fine). Guess I was more tired then I thought last night.

Thank you.
If you want to call a function with the common dot operator, create the function like so:

Code:
MyWindow.BronkenFunction = function()
     self.int = self.int + 1 
end
Then you could call it with "MyWindow.BronkenFunction()"
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And this example would fail again, because there would be no "self" (or at least no valid self).

Code:
function Table:Foo( arg )
    self.bar= self.bar+ arg;
end
is just syntactic sugar for

Code:
Table.Foo = function( self, arg )
    self.bar = self.bar + arg;
end
and

Code:
Table:Foo( 1 );
is the same as

Code:
Table.Foo( Table, 1 );
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Cool What I read....

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LOL not that bad bonechip

Still seams funny to me that LUA has such a flexable syntax, I am usto very defined lines instead of the the whole "you can do it this way, or if you want this way, or this way... " and the fact that it all still works unless you make a dumb mistake is just Icing on the cake.
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Originally Posted by Kryso
And this example would fail again, because there would be no "self" (or at least no valid self).
Well..part of that is a bit of a typo. It should be:

Code:
self.BronkenFunction = function()
    self.int = self.int+1
end
Instead of using MyWindow.
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Well..part of that is a bit of a typo. It should be:

Code:
self.BronkenFunction = function()
    self.int = self.int+1
end
Instead of using MyWindow.
Yea this would work if you created the function in another function, so it would take self from parent scope - which is in a lot of cases bad practice, because it would create new function on every call. I mean it is usefull sometimes, but it shouldn't be used so we can call functions that are supposed to have "self" reference with dot operator.
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Originally Posted by Kryso
Yea this would work if you created the function in another function, so it would take self from parent scope - which is in a lot of cases bad practice, because it would create new function on every call. I mean it is usefull sometimes, but it shouldn't be used so we can call functions that are supposed to have "self" reference with dot operator.
Except most "class" definitions are technically functions. eg:

Code:
MyWindow = class( Turbine.UI.Window )
function MyWindow:Constructor()
      Turbine.UI.Lotro.Window.Constructor( self )



end
And, given that it isn't a local function, (i.e. something that will never be called from outside the class), wouldn't it make sense to make a unique copy of that function for every instance of the class?
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