Opened 10 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

#2553 closed Bug (No Bug)

Enum unwillingly&erroneously declares/treats variables as Const

Reported by: rarirurerory Owned by:
Milestone: Component: AutoIt
Version: Severity: None
Keywords: Cc:


;Should you want to make vars unchangable constants, you simply add Const before them.
;However you _obviously_ wouldn't expect&want vars declared without Const to be treated as if they were declared WITH Const!

;but one may totally need to adjust the once Enum'erated variables, e.g. after changing an array those vars are to be used with, and s/he just can't! why, maybe Const was used? ha, nope! still cannot alter 'em!..

;please disregard those few who think this BUG is a butterfly, and fix it for (not only)your Pleasure and Glory. Thank you.

;example code:

Global Const $a=3, $b=2, $c=1
Global Const Enum $e_animal, $e_reptile, $e_fruit
Const Enum $itemColorShmalor, $itemTextBext, $itemYadayada

;-- now sans the Const --;
;-- these expected to always be changable --:
Global $x=555, $y='nope', $z=777
Enum $hehe, $haha, $hoho ;why oh why do you make these sneering v{w}ars Constant?!
                         ;noooo, stop it!..


Func test()
    switch Random(1,6,1)
      case 1
        $x=777   ;this will not cause a problem
       ;$a=777   ;while this expectedly will, because $a
                 ;was declared as Const
      case 2
       ;Global $c=5 ;alright, since $c is Const, we cannot redeclare it.
        Global $y=5 ;this's fine tho, not const
      case 3
        ConsoleWrite('***3*** - expect a right error'&@LF)
        Enum $a, $b, $c ;this will Rightfully cause an error, as
                        ;these three vars are created with Const.
      case 4
        ;$jk=2 ; -- here would be error if $jk were Const
        ConsoleWrite('*** - THE big pesky error!'&@LF)
        Enum $jk, $oops ;and yet, while neither vars here
                        ;was made with Const, this happens:
                        ;Cannot assign values to constants.:
                        ;Enum $jk, $oops
                        ;Enum ^ ERROR
      case 5
        ConsoleWrite('***5*** - here goes the error!'&@LF)
	$hehe=';)' ;this Somehow happens to be a Const and
                   ;it breaks the script! wait, did i maybe
                   ;declared it like that? ...hmm, nope. hmm!
        Enum $haha, $hoho ;( same here
      case 6
        ConsoleWrite('***6*** - error error error!!'&@LF)
        ;$z=1 ;$z and others may or may not be --
        ;$y=2 ; -- redeclared, next line --
        Enum $z,$y,$x ;-- yup, will be faulty anyway.
  until 0

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comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by Melba23

The Help file makes it quite clear that Enum produces constants:


Enumerates constants.

constantlist | A list constants to be enumerated. 

In most languages Enum declares constants and I see no reason why AutoIt should be different, particularly as this behaviour is well-documented and long established. If you want to alter the value of items in the script, they need to declared as variables and so Enum is not a suitable function to use.


comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by Melba23

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