## LuaPreprocess

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### Re: LuaPreprocess

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!!local TWO_PI = 2 * math.pi

This declares a local variable both in the metaprogram and the output. It's the same as doing this:

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!local TWO_PI = 2 * math.pi
local TWO_PI = !(TWO_PI)

Omitting 'local' would assign the value to a global instead.

I admit, assignments using !! is probably the least useful feature of the preprocessor and I only use it myself in very few places, usually in the following case...

In the metaprogram in my files I never create globals (with a couple of exceptions**). This way I only need to preprocess files that have changed since the last run before I run the game again (as the output will always be the same for unchanged files), and thus the preprocessing step is quicker.

Anyway, a file may do something like this:

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!local foo = someValue
-- Later in the file I use !(foo) in multiple places.

But at some point in the development I need to access 'foo' in other files, so I change the declaration to this:

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_G.!(local )!!foo = someValue

-- ...which essentially means:
_G.
!local foo = someValue -- It's ok to put metaprogram code "in the middle" of normal code.
foo = !(foo)

This will keep the variable local in the metaprogram in this file, but it will also create a global 'foo' in the output so I can use it anywhere. It's like a hacky temporary solution until I have a better system in place for accessing the value of 'foo' globally.

** I have a couple of files that do declare globals for the metaprogram, and if any of those change then I preprocess every single file again as any file may have gotten affected by the changes.
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### Re: LuaPreprocess

I see, thanks for the clarification.

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### Re: LuaPreprocess

I'm also confused by the ! syntax in other cases, perhaps another symbol or token to denote it easily (and for reading ofc).

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What more exactly is confusing?
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### Re: LuaPreprocess

Ahh let me try to explain what I've meant.

The lpp uses ! as a token to denote that the line or block should be processed by lpp, right?
Combining that with another ! like !! does other things as well as !(...), which for me can be confusing like which of it
evaluates it and which of it evaluates it and outputs the string, etc.

What I am suggesting is, since the lpp is preprocessing, maybe use another token for such cases? Like ! + @ or # to mean something else. Like seeing ! and !# or [email protected] can easily be determined what they do.

I hope I got my point across haha.

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Ah, I see. Yeah, the fact that !(...) does two different things (output a value or don't output a value, depending on whether the contents is an expression or not) is definitively a design flaw. I though about changing the variant that doesn't output anything to use !{...} but such a change would make existing code stop working. I'd have to change it for the next major version or maybe add a setting for it. If I made the change then any amount of ! followed by a parenthesis would always output something, while no parenthesis would not output anything, thus there would be more consistency.

The idea to only use ! for everything was really to keep things simple, as in, whenever you see it then you know that the following code is part of the metaprogram. Another reason is that the character is easy to type and doesn't look noisy among the rest of the code. Using more symbols, e.g. !#(...), would make things a bit too noisy I think. Same with replacing !! with e.g. !#.
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