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Back with a little something...

Post by genericdave » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:00 pm

After getting busy and uninterested in game development, I left all my code to sit for a while. Well, now I'm back and I decided I might as well share a little something I've found useful.

Inspired by a post over on BlackBulletIV's blog, I decided that this was a must-have feature for Lua, if only it were a little more fleshed out. And so, I made a little class called PropertyGetterSetter. Now, in order to redirect member access to getter and setter methods, all you need to do is inherit from the PropertyGetterSetter base class and make some getter and setter functions. Everything else works as expected.

In other words, usually gettersetter functions look like this:

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x = player:getX()
But just by inheriting and defining a couple special methods, you can do this instead and get the exact same effect:

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x = player.x
player.y = 100
Basically, whenever a child class of PropertyGetterSetter accesses a member, it checks for a special method named either _get_ or _set_ prepended to the variable name. If it exists, it uses the function instead. If it doesn't, it accesses the member normally. For example:

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Player = class('Player', PropertyGetterSetter)
function Player:initialize(  )
	--be sure to init the parent class *first*
	self.x = 0
	self.y = 0

function Player:_get_x(  )
	print('accessed x: ' .. self.x)
	return self.x

function Player:_set_y( v )
	print('set y to ' .. v)
	self.y = v

player = Player()

x = player.x
player.y = 100

--Plus, if you ever need direct access to a member variable, 
--there's always the directGet and directSet functions.
player:directSet('x', 99999)
print('direct access: ', player:directGet('x'))
Would output:

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set y to 0
accessed x: 0
set y to 100
direct access: 	99999
I've included a little test script. You'll need MiddleClass in order to run it. Assuming everything goes well, the output should be:

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set foo to 100 and incremented counter to 1
accessed foo via function: 100
set foo to 999 and incremented counter to 2
accessed foo directly	333
accessed foo via function: 333
accessed bar directly
doesn't matter that I didn't init this
self-counting variable: 	3	4	5
Test it out and tell me how it goes. I'm not really an expert on lua internals, so I'd love suggestions and fixes if you come up with any. I may or may not be doing blatantly stupid stuff in this code, but that's part of the reason why I'm posting it. Have fun!
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