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oometa - oo::meta A data registry for classess



oo::meta::info branchget ?key? ?...?

oo::meta::info branchset ?key...? key value

oo::meta::info dump class

oo::meta::info class is type ?args?

oo::meta::info class merge ?dict? ?dict? ?...?

oo::meta::info class rebuild

oo::meta::metadata class

oo::define meta

oo::class method meta

oo::object method meta

oo::object method meta cget ?field? ?...? field


The oo::meta package provides a data registry service for TclOO classes.


oo::class create animal {

meta set biodata animal: 1 } oo::class create mammal {
superclass animal
meta set biodata mammal: 1 } oo::class create cat {
superclass mammal
meta set biodata diet: carnivore } cat create felix puts [felix meta dump biodata] > animal: 1 mammal: 1 diet: carnivore felix meta set biodata likes: {birds mice} puts [felix meta get biodata] > animal: 1 mammal: 1 diet: carnivore likes: {bird mice} # Modify a class mammal meta set biodata metabolism: warm-blooded puts [felix meta get biodata] > animal: 1 mammal: 1 metabolism: warm-blooded diet: carnivore likes: {birds mice} # Overwrite class info felix meta set biodata mammal: yes puts [felix meta get biodata] > animal: 1 mammal: yes metabolism: warm-blooded diet: carnivore likes: {birds mice}


The concept behind oo::meta is that each class contributes a snippet of local data. When oo::meta::metadata is called, the system walks through the linear ancestry produced by oo::meta::ancestors, and recursively combines all of that local data for all of a class' ancestors into a single dict. Instances of oo::object can also combine class data with a local dict stored in the meta variable.


oo::meta::info is intended to work on the metadata of a class in a manner similar to if the aggregate pieces where assembled into a single dict. The system mimics all of the standard dict commands, and addes the following:
Returns a dict representation of the element at args, but with any trailing : removed from field names.
::oo::meta::info $myclass set option color {default: green widget: colorselect}
puts [::oo::meta::info $myclass get option color]
> {default: green widget: color}
puts [::oo::meta::info $myclass branchget option color]
> {default green widget color}
Merges dict with any other information contaned at node ?key...?, and adding a trailing : to all field names.
::oo::meta::info $myclass branchset option color {default green widget colorselect}
puts [::oo::meta::info $myclass get option color]
> {default: green widget: color}
Returns the complete snapshot of a class metadata, as producted by oo::meta::metadata
Returns a boolean true or false if the element ?args? would match string is type value
::oo::meta::info $myclass set constant mammal 1
puts [::oo::meta::info $myclass is true constant mammal]
> 1
Combines all of the arguments into a single dict, which is then stored as the new local representation for this class.
Forces the meta system to destroy any cached representation of a class' metadata before the next access to oo::meta::metadata
Returns an aggregate picture of the metadata for class, combining its local data with the local data from its ancestors.
The package injects a command oo::define::meta which works to provide a class in the process of definition access to oo::meta::info, but without having to look the name up.
oo::define myclass {

meta set foo bar: baz }
The package injects a new method meta into oo::class which works to provide a class instance access to oo::meta::info.
The package injects a new method meta into oo::object. oo::object combines the data for its class (as provided by oo::meta::metadata), with a local variable meta to produce a local picture of metadata. This method provides the following additional commands:
Attempts to locate a singlar leaf, and return its value. For single option lookups, this is faster than my meta getnull ?field? ?...? field], because it performs a search instead directly instead of producing the recursive merge product between the class metadata, the local meta variable, and THEN performing the search.


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