Temporary Types


Creates a temporary copy of a user defined type

Syntax:
result = Type( initializers, ... )
or
result = Type<typename>( initializers, ... )

Parameters:
initializers
Initial values for the type (or only the firsts)
typename
The name of the Type or Union

Return Value:
A temporary copy of the type.

Description:
Used to create a temporary type. If typename is not explicitly given, it will be inferred from its usage if possible. Usage of the temporary copy may include assigning it to a variable, passing it as a parameter to a procedure, or returning it as a value from a procedure.

For a type without own or inherited constructor (excluding also any type that is directly or indirectly derived from Object), the temporary type syntax is allowed if all type data-fields (including those inherited) are numeric primitives only and without any default initializers.
If at same time the type is without destructor, the compiler does a direct assignment instead of using a temporary copy.

The Constructor for the type, if there is one with parameters matching with the initializers provided, will be called when the temporary copy is created, and the Destructor for the type, if there is one, will be called immediately after its use. But when there is a matching constructor, the temporary type expression may be simply replaced by typename( initializers, ... ).
If there is a constructor at least but none which matches with the initializers, the temporary type syntax is obviously disallowed.

It can create not only a temporary copy of an user defined type, but also a temporary copy of predefined data-type as a variable-length string or any numeric data-type (all standard data-types excluding fixed-length strings).

It can also be used as an even shorter shortcut than With (see below) if you are changing all the data-fields (or the n firsts only).

Note: Static qualifier used at procedure definition level does not apply to temporary types.

Examples:
Type Example
    As Integer field1
    As Integer field2
End Type

Dim ex As Example

'' Filling the type by setting each field
ex.field1 = 1
ex.field2 = 2

'' Filling the type by setting each field using WITH
With ex
    .field1 = 1
    .field2 = 2
End With

'' Fill the variable's fields with a  temporary type
ex = Type( 1, 2 )


'' Passing a user-defined types to a procedure using a temporary type
'' where the type can be inferred.

Type S
  As Single x, y
End Type

Sub test ( v As S )
  Print "S", v.x, v.y
End Sub

test( Type( 1, 2 ) )


'' Passing a user-defined type to a procedure using temporary types
'' where the type is ambiguous and the name of the type must be specified.

Type S
  As Single x, y
End Type

Type T
  As Integer x, y
End Type

Union U
  As Integer x, y
End Union

'' Overloaded procedure test()
Sub test Overload ( v As S )
  Print "S", v.x, v.y
End Sub

Sub test ( v As T )
  Print "T", v.x, v.y
End Sub

Sub test ( v As U )
  Print "U", v.x, v.y
End Sub

'' Won't work: ambiguous
'' test( type( 1, 2 ) )

'' Specify name of type instead
test( type<S>( 1, 2 ) )
test( type<T>( 1, 2 ) )
test( type<U>( 1 ) )


Differences from QB:
See also:
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