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Entry  12 Jun 2019, Marius Koeppel, Forum, Strange JS array creation 
    Reply  17 Jun 2019, Konstantin Olchanski, Forum, Strange JS array creation 
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Message ID: 1567     Entry time: 24 Jun 2019     In reply to: 1550     Reply to this: 1570
Author: Marius Koeppel 
Topic: Forum 
Subject: Strange JS array creation 
> > for (i = 0; i < lines.length; i++) {
> >         modbset("/Equipment/Switching/Variables/DATA_WRITE[" + String(i) + "]", parseInt(lines[i]));
> > }
> this is wrong.
> a) you are programming javascript as if it were C/C++. You think this code wrote lines.length() values 
> to ODB, when what the code actually did is queued lines.length() RPC requests for later execution. 
> Eventually some time later, each RPC request will open a connection to mhttpd, send a request, wait 
> for mhtttpd to process it, etc. Where do you wait for the completion of all these RPCs before 
> proceeding as if all the data has been successfully written to ODB? (answer: you cannot, javascript 
> cannot "wait for things", instead you have to make chains of event handlers. javascript != C/C++. 
> They are completely different).

--> Following your discussion about async. functions I will change this part of the code and make chains of
event handlers.

> b)  you should write the whole array in one operation instead of looping over each element. see 
> mjsonrpc_db_paste() and example.html.

--> In the midas back-end I never created an array. I created an INT in the ODB with db_create_key(hDB, 0,
"Equipment/Switching/Variables/DATA_WRITE", TID_INT). By using modset in javascript and parsing the string
"/Equipment/Switching/Variables/DATA_WRITE[" + String(i) + "]" I call it like an array and it shows up like an
array in the ODB. So for explaining it a bit better how the value changes in the ODB take this pseudo code

// midas part //
> int a = 1; // this is more or less what I think db_create_key is doing in the ODB
// midas part //

// ODB //
> print(a) // this prints me 1 and this is also the value what I see in the ODB
// ODB //

// javascript part //
> for int i in [1,2,3,4] do 
> modset(a[i], i) // for simplification I don't use event handlers here
> end for
// javascript part //

// ODB //
> print(a) // now I see [1,2,3,4]
// ODB //

This example violates type safety. I know that javascript is not type safe. According to this I would like
to know if this behavior is wanted or why there is no bounds checking?

> I do not understand your question about "calling an INT like an array".
--> Here I mean that I call the variable in the ODB via string passing, like I would call a variable, which is
an array. I don't speak about function calls.

> parseInt() (defined where?)
--> This is a global JavaScript function (

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