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Indexer Syntax 6 months 2 weeks ago #1

  • orangesocks
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Hi,
I'm converting some classes that I made in C# to X# as an exercise to better understand the syntax.
I'm stuck with the definition of an indexer. I looked in the documentation and I was not able to find anything.

In C# I would write:
public <TypeToReturn> this[<TypeToUse> <Value>]
{
get { <some code>; }
set { <some code>; }
}

What is the syntax to be used in X# ?

Regards Giuseppe

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Indexer Syntax 6 months 2 weeks ago #2

Hi Giuseppe,
it can be something like :
PROPERTY SELF[ index AS TypeToUse ] AS TypeToReturn
GET
LOCAL item AS TypeToReturn
item := DoWhateverYouWant()
RETURN item
END GET
END PROPERTY

HTH
Fab

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Indexer Syntax 6 months 2 weeks ago #3

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Hi Fab
It worked like a charm. Thanks a lot.

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Indexer Syntax 6 months 2 weeks ago #4

Guys,

One additional thing worth mentioning, is that X# supports also regular indexed (named) properties, in addition to indexers:
FUNCTION Start() AS VOID 
	LOCAL IMPLIED o := TestClass{}
	? o:IndexedProperty[123]
RETURN

CLASS TestClass
	PROPERTY IndexedProperty[n AS INT]
		GET
			RETURN n * 2
		END GET
	END PROPERTY
END CLASS

I think those are not supported in c# at all, but we had to implement them in X# (and earlier in Vulcan) because VO does support them as well (and they are often very useful).

Chris
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chris(at)xsharp.eu

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Indexer Syntax 6 months 2 weeks ago #5

Chris,
out of curiosity, what's the difference to using a method - apart from braces vs. brackets ;-?

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Indexer Syntax 6 months 2 weeks ago #6

Hi Karl,

Under the hood not much, both actually are implemented like methods internally. What changes is the syntax used to access/assign the indexer from user code:
LOCAL IMPLIED o := TestClass{}
? o:IndexedProperty[123]
o:IndexedProperty[123] := 10 // if we add a SEtter to our property as well

Granted, you could recode things so that it uses a method (actually 2 methods, one for reading and one for writing), but in many cases the PROPERTY syntax is more intuitive. It's the same thing as with regular properties, what's the difference of having oWindow:Caption instead of oWindow:GetCaption() and oWindow:SetCaption(cNewCaption) ?

Chris
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chris(at)xsharp.eu

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