[Squeakland] Fwd: misc: elementNumber, obj id

Randy Heiland heiland at indiana.edu
Wed Oct 5 12:57:46 PDT 2005

Thanks Scott.  OK, so let's say I create an "idNum" variable for my object,
P1.  What I'd then like to do is, using a script, create siblings of P1
*and* assign unique values to each sibling's idNum, e.g. assign sequentially
increasing integers:
 P1->idNum = 1
 P2->idNum = 2

I know that I can create siblings in a script via:
 Playfield include: P1 copy

But how can I then assign a value to the new sibling's idNum variable?
I tried:
 P1's copy idNum <- p1's copy elementNumber

But of course each "P1's copy" actually instantiates new siblings. 

Hope this makes sense, and thanks,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Wallace [mailto:scott.wallace at squeakland.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 8:33 PM
> To: heiland at indiana.edu
> Cc: squeakland at squeakland.org
> Subject: Re: Fwd: [Squeakland] misc: elementNumber, obj id
> Hi, Randy.
> Yes, the elementNumber of an object in a container will change as the
> order of objects in the container changes, and the order depends on
> the order in which the objects were added to the container... and
> when you "pick up" an object and then drop it back into a container,
> that counts as being freshly added to the container, so the last
> object "touched" will be the one with the largest elementNumber.  So,
> in short, you can't count on elementNumber to stay the same unless
> you're not "touching" the objects.
> So what to do instead?  I'd recommend that you maintain your *own*
> "idNumber" variable in the objects in question, and give each of the
> objects its own unique  value for an idNumber... and use *those* in
> your reckonings instead of "elementNumber."  Since this is a variable
> that you have created and assigned values to yourself, its value is
> not going to change unless you proactively change it, so you should
> be able to use it to distinguish reliably among siblings.
> Cheers,
>    -- Scott
> PS:  If the above isn't clear, please send a concrete example and we
> can work it through together.
> >>From: "Randy Heiland" <heiland at indiana.edu>
> >>To: <squeakland at squeakland.org>
> >>Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 11:16:28 -0500
> >>
> >>Can someone tell me a bit more about this tile in the miscellaneous
> >>category?  Its balloon help says "my index in my container".  I'm simply
> >>experimenting with some siblings in a playfield, seeing if I can have
> >>sibling-dependent behavior based on each sibling's
> identifier/elementNumber.
> >>It seems that whenever I grab one of the siblings and move it, its
> >>elementNumber changes.  I'd like some fixed identifier assoc'd with each
> >>sibling.
> >>
> >>--Randy

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