Oh, man... I thought I hit reply on this days ago! Sorry!
So, MoData tag container didn't work, that's not where the MoData is stored. Well, there seems to be MoData there, just always empty... but I think that's because the mograph stuff uses the messaging system so heavily that just grabbing a basecontainer doesn't cut it.
I was a bit overworked when I wrote this test, which is why I did made a little booboo in the code above with rather dire consequences. I have fixed this now and the timings are now correct (aside from the general diceyness of the whole test). But the general consensus is the same.
BaseContaineris not slow and a good choice when we need key, value pairs. One should also keep in mind, that I did employ simplifications for
listboth in the insert and delete case, if we want to truly delete and insert arbitrary elements from/to a
list, this type is terrible, as it has to rebuild all data each time.
Thanks for revising this. Even if the basecontainer times technically look worse by comparison, in context I can still see it's no slouch! I've moved forward with this approach and so far I'm getting great performance with breaking down and stashing away the array's data into basecontainers. Still wondering if it wouldn't be better to go with a Read/Write/CopyTo implementation, but I honestly don't see a need here. It's plenty fast enough and doesn't even need to be accessed often.
it's a bit hard to tell as i still don't understood what you were trying to achieve.
Do you want to save the mograph data and use them in c4d as a kind of library, or do you want to export them to a 3rd Party software ?
I need mograph cache tag functionality without the mograph cache tag. So I need to store MoData and be able to have it persist through file saves/loads, copying to a new document/rendering, duplication, etc. Given the potential size of the data in question (especially once you add animation into the mix) I want to make sure I'm doing this in the most efficient manner possible.
Given that all the datatypes that contain the MoData aren't directly supported by the normal storage methods in c4d (basecontainers and hyperfiles), I was concerned that breaking all the data into its individual components to store it away wouldn't be efficient. I'm seeing now that I had little to be concerned about. Performance is great so far!
I think I've even cleared my final hurdle, which was creating an array of MoDatas. My problem there was trying to use a BaseArray when what I needed was a PointerArray. Since PointerArray's take ownership of the pointed object, freeing the allocated MoDatas is as clean and simple as calling Reset() on the Pointer Array:) Injecting my MoData into the effector pipeline is equally simple by doing a CopyTo() or MergeData()... currently I'm doing that in ModifyPoints, but maybe I should be doing it in InitPoints? I'll figure that part out, but right now I'm just happy to have it all working!
Thank you again zipit and Manuel!