2.2. Values and Data types

daScript is a strong statically typed language and all variables do have a type. daScript’s basic POD (plain old data) data types are:

int, uint, float, bool, double, int64, uint64
int2, int3, int4, uint2, uint3, uint4, float2, float3, float4

All PODs are represented with machine register/word. All PODs will be passed to function argument by value.

daScript’s storage types (which can’t be manipulated with, but can be used as storage type within structs or otherwise):

int8, uint8, int16, uint16 - 8/16-bits signed and unsigned integers

daScript’s other types are:

string, das_string, struct, pointers, references, block, lambda, function pointer,
array, table, tuple, variant, iterator, bitfield

all daScript’s types are initialized with zero memory by default.

2.2.1. Integer

An Integer represents a 32-bit (un)signed number:

let a = 123    // decimal, integer
let u = 123u   // decimal, unsigned integer
let h = 0x0012 // hexadecimal, unsigned integer
let o = 075    // octal, unsigned integer

let a = int2(123, 124)    // two integers type
let u = uint2(123u, 124u) // two unsigned integer type

2.2.2. Float

A float represents a 32-bit floating point number:

let a = 1.0
let b = 0.234
let a = float2(1.0, 2.0)

2.2.3. Bool

Bool is a double-valued (Boolean) data type. Its literals are true and false. A bool value expresses the validity of a condition (tells whether the condition is true or false):

let a = true
let b = false

All conditions (if, elif, while) works only on bool type.

2.2.4. String

Strings are an immutable sequence of characters. In order to modify a string is it necessary create a new one.

daScript’s strings are similar to strings in C or C++. They are delimited by quotation marks(") and can contain escape sequences (\t, \a, \b, \n, \r, \v, \f, \\, \", \', \0, \x<hh>, \u<hhhh> and \U<hhhhhhhh>):

let a = "I'm a string\n"
let a = "I'm also
    a multi-line

Strings type can be thought of as ‘pointer to actual string’ type, like ‘const char *’ in C language. As such they will be passed to function argument by value (but this value is just reference to immutable string in memory).

das_string - is mutable string, which content can be changed. It is simply builtin handled type, i.e., std string bound to daScript. As such, it passed as reference.

2.2.5. Table

Tables are associative containers implemented as a set of key/value pairs:

var tab: table<string; int>
tab["10"] = 10
tab["20"] = 20
tab["some"] = 10
tab["some"] = 20 // replaces the value for 'some' key

(see Tables).

2.2.6. Array

Arrays are simple sequence of objects. There are static arrays (fixed size), and dynamic array (container, size is dynamic) and index always starts from 0:

var a = [[int[4] 1; 2; 3; 4]] // fixed size of array is 4, and content is [1, 2, 3, 4]
var b: array<string>          // empty dynamic array
push(b,"some")                // now it is 1 element of "some"

(see Arrays).

2.2.7. Struct

Structs are record of data of other types (including structs), similar to C language. All structs (as well as other non-POD types, except strings) are passed by reference

(see Structs).

2.2.8. Classes

Classes are similar to structures, but additionally they allow built-in methods and rtti.

(see Classes).

2.2.9. Variant

Variant is special anonymous data type similar to structure, however only one field exists at a time. Its possible to query or assign variant type, as well as active field value.

(see Variants).

2.2.10. Tuple

Tuple are anonymous record of data of other types (including structs), similar to C++ std::tuple. All tuples (as well as other non-POD types, except strings) will be passed by reference

(see Tuples).

2.2.11. Enumeration

An enumeration binds a specific integer value to a name, similar to C++ enum classes.

(see Enumerations).

2.2.12. Bitfield

Bitfield is an anonymous data type, similar to enumeration. Each field explicitly represents one bit, and storage type is always uint. Queries on individual bits are available on variants, as well as binary logical operations.

(see Bitfields).

2.2.13. Function

Functions are similar to those in most other languages:

def twice(a: int): int
    return a + a

However, there are generic (templated) functions, which will be ‘instantiated’ during function call type inference:

def twice(a)
    return a + a

let f = twice(1.0) // 2.0 float
let i = twice(1)   // 2 int

(see Functions).

2.2.14. Reference

References are types that ‘references’ (points) some other data:

def twice(var a: int&)
    a = a + a
var a = 1
twice(a) // a value is now 2

All structs are always passed to functions arguments as references.

2.2.15. Pointers

Pointers are types that ‘references’ (points) some other data, but can be null (points to nothing). In order to work with actual value, one need to dereference using dereference or safe navigation operators. dereference will panic, if null pointer is passed to it. Pointers can be created using new operator, or with C++ environment.

def twice(var a: int&)
    a = a + a
def twicePointer(var a: int?)

struct Foo
    x: int

def getX(foo: Foo?)  // it returns either foo.x or -1, if foo is null
   return foo?.x ?? -1

2.2.16. Iterators

Iterator is a sequence which can be traversed, and associated data retrieved. It shares some similarities with C++ iterators.

(see Iterators).