# Analasying type of an object. Faster way?

THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

On 05/01/2008 at 18:27, xxxxxxxx wrote:

User Information:
Cinema 4D Version:   10.5
Platform:
Language(s) :   C.O.F.F.E.E  ;

---------
Hi,

I have a function which should only be executed if a Polygonobject or a Primitive (Cube, sphere, cyl, ...) is selected.

So I created another function which analyses an object. Here it is:

> _
> AnalyseObject( obj ) {
>      var arr = new(array, 17);
>
>      arr[0] = 5159;    // Cube
>      arr[1] = 5160;    // Sphere
>      arr[2] = 5162;    // Cone
>      arr[3] = 5170;    // Cylinder
>      arr[4] = 5174;    // Polygon
>      arr[5] = 5168;    // Plane
>      arr[6] = 5164;    // ...
>      arr[7] = 5167;
>      arr[8] = 5171;
>      arr[9] = 5172;
>      arr[10] = 5161;
>      arr[11] = 5163;
>      arr[12] = 5165;
>      arr[13] = 5169;
>      arr[14] = 5166;
>      arr[15] = 5173;
>      arr[16] = 5100;    // PolygoneObject
>
>      var i = 0;
>      while (i < 17) {
>           if (arr _== obj- >GetType()) return obj;
>           i++;
>      }
>      println("NOT WHAT I WANT");
>      return NULL;
> }
> _

Now my question: Isn't there a faster way in COFFEE?

THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

On 05/01/2008 at 18:36, xxxxxxxx wrote:

I think that's about it. There is no general categorization of object types (say, to see if an object is a primitive type). You can't even use class derivation to check a general category, say, of your own plugin objects all derived from your base plugin object:

class MyPluginObject : ObjectData {} // ID_MYPLUGINOBJECT
class DerivedObj1 : MyPluginObject {} // ID_DERIVEDOBJ1
class DerivedObj2 : MyPluginObject {} // ID_DERIVEDOBJ2
etc.

To check if the object is any of these, you can't check:

if (obj->IsInstanceOf(ID_MYPLUGINOBJECT)) ...

or even

if (obj->IsInstanceOf(Obase)) // surprise, your object isn't an object!

This will fail for DerivedObj1 and DerivedObj2 - sad huh? So, you have to check for each case individually:

if (obj->IsInstanceOf(ID_DERIVEDOBJ1) || obj->IsInstanceOf(ID_DERIVEDOBJ2) || etc.) ...

This may be C++ but the situation is the same with COFFEE. Unfortunately, the way that C4D instances work, using C++ class derivation tactics can't be employed.

THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

On 06/01/2008 at 04:54, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Oh, ok, yes this is sad...

What would be a better approach? Iterrating through an array like in my example (supposing the array is already full), or writing all in a single if condition? Would there be a speed gain with the 'if'?

THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

On 06/01/2008 at 05:55, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Quote: _What would be a better approach? Iterrating through an array like in my example (supposing the array is already full), or writing all in a single if condition? Would there be a speed gain with the 'if'?
>
> * * *
_

Just use the switch statement and GetType(). Little example:

> _
> var type = op- >GetType();
>
> switch(type)
> {
>      case Opolygon:
>           println("polygon");
>           break;
>      case Ocube:
>           println("cube");
>           break;
>      default:
>           println("none of these");
>           break;
> }
> _

cheers,
Matthias

THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

On 06/01/2008 at 09:00, xxxxxxxx wrote:

I agree with Matthias that this is the best way to go. Simply replace the array/loop with the switch in your AnalyzeObject() method.

The 'Oxxxx' types are delineated in the coffeesymbols.h file

THE POST BELOW IS MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. RELATED SUPPORT INFORMATION MIGHT BE OUTDATED OR DEPRECATED

On 06/01/2008 at 18:07, xxxxxxxx wrote:

Ok, thank you. I'm going to take a look into the coffeesymbols.h file.