[fpc-devel] Templates / Generics Syntax
nc-gaertnma at netcologne.de
Thu Nov 3 20:26:36 CET 2005
On Thu, 3 Nov 2005 20:10:35 +0100
Mattias Gaertner <nc-gaertnma at netcologne.de> wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Nov 2005 19:59:40 +0100 (CET)
> Daniël Mantione <daniel.mantione at freepascal.org> wrote:
> > Op Thu, 3 Nov 2005, schreef Mattias Gaertner:
> > >
> > > Here is a proposal of the syntax:
> > >
> > > type
> > > TGenericClass<T,F> = class
> > > public
> > > procedure Add(Item: T; Flag: F);
> > > end;
> > This syntax is almost impossible to implement since in one of your other
> > mails the symbols to mark the parameters appear in regular source code:
> > begin
> > generictypeA<integer>.create
> > end.
> > It will be very hard for the parser to see the difference in advance
> > between:
> > variable<integer(another_var)
> > generic_type<integer
> > Only when the > symbol is parsed the result is known.
> > Maybe the parser may be able lookup the type first and make a decision
> > based on that, but it would be in the middle of a recursive expression
> > parse designed for infix operators.
> > Also in C++ this sometimes causes trouble where you need to change your
> > code notation so the compiler eats it. I don't know if this proposal
> > suffers from this mess, but we should avoid at all cost to import it
> > into Pascal.
> Right. I didn't think of that.
> What about edged brackets?
> TGenericClass[T,F] = class
> procedure Add(Item: T; Flag: F);
> procedure TGenericClass.Add(Item: T; Flag: F);
> // Note: No redundant [T,F] after TGenericClass.
> type TListOfComponent = TGenericList[TComponent];
> type TGenericListClass[T] = class of TGenericList[T];
> type PGenericRecord[T] = ^TGenericRecord[T];
> procedure GenericProc[T](Param: T);
And a proposal for bounding:
TGenericClass[T: TComponent] = class end;
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