[fxruby-users] FXVec* default constructors

David MacMahon davidm at astro.berkeley.edu
Mon Jan 26 02:17:12 EST 2009

I just noticed that the default constructors for FXVec* do not  
initialize their elements.  This also affects anything that uses  
FXVec* default constructors under the covers such as the FXExtent*  
default constructors.

It would be nice if the docs were explicit on this "point". :-)

Perhaps this is the expected behavior in C++ given the various ways  
that the C++ default constructor can be invoked, but in Ruby I was  
expecting the no-argument constructor to initialize the instance to  
[0.0, 0.0]...

$ cat defctor.rb
#!/usr/bin/env ruby

require 'rubygems'
require 'fox16'
include Fox

500.times do |i|
   v = FXVec2d.new
   next if v[0] == 0.0 && v[1] == 0.0
   p [i, v]
puts 'done'

$ ruby defctor.rb
[222, [6.76425275721251e-320, 4.70741886267958e-284]]

$ fox-config --version

$ gem list -l fxruby | grep fxruby
fxruby (1.6.18)

Sorry if this is old news,

P.S. Ruby users can get an "always initialized" default constructor  
by using this "monkey patch"...

class Fox::FXVec2d
   alias :fox_initialize :initialize
   def initialize(*args)
     args = [0.0, 0.0] if args.empty?

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