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PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:23 am
by mgreen
val_newString, val_newConstString, and val_copyString all take a Value pointer. Do they set the type field of the Value or just the sVal?

When a native add-in is called, is the Value pointed to by vm_retVal initialized? If so, to what?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:35 pm
by mgreen
Another question ..

When a struct is to be returned from a function, there's a struct passed to the function as an additional parameter for the return value. What is that struct initialized to? In particular, are the types of the fields initialized to how they're declared? If some of them are strings, how are they initialized and do they have to be released before a new value is assigned by the function?

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:17 am
by dewey
The val_ string functions also set the type.
vm_retVal is vtVoid, iVal == 0 when a native add-in is called.

When a struct is returned, the struct passed to the function is a valid struct whose fields are already initialized. Any strings in the struct must be freed if they are going to be overwritten.

The struct passed to the function will either be a temp stack variable created by the compiler, or the variable on the left side of an assignment.

e.g.
Code: Select all
struct Point { int x; int y};
Point getPoint() @ library...

void func() {
  Point pt;
  int x;
  pt = getPoint();  // address of pt will be passed to getPoint
  getPoint();       // address of compiler temp will be passed to getPoint
  x = getPoint().x; // address of compiler temp will be passed to getPoint
}

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:12 am
by mgreen
Thank you.

For those interested, I'm working on a native add-in to allow PocketC Architect and OrbForms users to use HanDBase much as you can use HanDBase from PocketC using PToolboxLib. The add-in is written in Palm Pascal (see <http://www.ppcompiler.org/?lng=en>) which runs on the Palm. I plan to upload both the add-in and the native add-in interface declarations to the Palm Pascal site library when I've got them working satisfactorily.