[fpc-pascal] compile time init'ing records

Ryan Joseph ryan at thealchemistguild.com
Fri Apr 13 10:51:50 CEST 2018

> On Apr 13, 2018, at 3:29 PM, Marco van de Voort <marcov at stack.nl> wrote:
> Because it is very limited and forces the initialization at the place of
> declaration, which is rare if not zero.

When using other languages I use it often. The fact that all other modern languages I’m aware of support it says something also (even c++!). Granted 0 is most common it’s still very helpful to init at time of declaration because you were just going to do it yourself anyways at the start of the scope. It’s such a common pattern but Pascal is out dated on this front. Records don’t have default constructors also like other modern languages so they need some work  in my opinion.

{$DEFINE TMyRecord_Default := (i: 1; s: 'foo’)} is an interesting idea but unfortunately it’s a bit of a hack.

> p.s. does r:=default(r); do anything ? Or does that only work in generics?

I didn’t know Default worked with all types and replaces the more verbose FillChar call. That’s a step in the right direction.

	Ryan Joseph

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