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thanks for the feedback.

now what if we have this:

local x, y;
local p1, p2 = 10, 20

callback = function(a, b) print(a + b) end

DoSomething(x, y, f(p1, p2))

-- is that possible? (I'd try it but haven't yet gotten my code in place to do so...)

also, in your implementation, if p1 and p2 were globals and the values changed after the call to DoSomething and the callback, that might not be what the caller of DoSomething desired...


On Friday, October 17, 2003, at 02:02 PM, Bilyk, Alex wrote:

local x, y
local p1, p2 = 10, 20
DoSomething(x, y, function  callback() print(p1+ p2) end);

The callback will print your 30.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ando Sonenblick []
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 12:47 PM
To: Lua list
Subject: callback implementation details..


I have a feeling my question here is rather, well, stupid, but lua has
proven so amazingly flexible that I just may be surprised that what I'm
asking isn't just stupid, but actually possible....  yet I doubt it...

Anyway, I am about to implement callbacks...   so that a script can
call a C function to do some background process and when done, have the
C code execute a lua call back.  Here would be a standard way:

local x, y, p1, p2;
DoSomething(x, y, {function  callback(a, b) print(a+ b) end, p1, p2});

Where DoSomething is the call to C to initiate the bg process, x and y
are parameters for that process, and the table is the description of
the callback:

it has the function to execute and the (variable number) of parameters
to pass to it.

In this case, say p1 and p2 are 10 and 20 respectively, my C code
creates a ref to the table, does the work, then using the ref calls the
function callback, passing p1 and p2, which prints out 30.  I see no
problems with implementing this.

What I'd love (for simplification sake) would be to somehow already
pass the parameters to the function so that I don't have to have a
table, or do extra parsing/passing in my C code, etc.

So, in this case, things would look like (hypothetically speaking):

local x, y, p1, p2;
DoSomething(x, y, function callback(a = p1, b = p2) print(a+ b) end);
    -- a is preassigned to p1 and b is preassigned to p2

so in this case (assuming 10 and 20 again for p1 and p2), my C code
could simply just call callback and the parameter a is already 10 and p
already 20, yielding the same print out of 30.

Is anything like this possible?


Ando Sonenblick
SpriTec Software

Ando Sonenblick
SpriTec Software