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Dragontamer



Joined: 24 Aug 2003
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Dragontamer
Overloading the struc operator works... most of the time. But when i want to have a constructor for my structure, then it is impossible to define sizeof.(structure) into a macro, or at least very troublesome.

For example, lets say i have
Code:
struc point x,y {
  .x dd x
  .y dd y
}
    


I'd like the ability to just have sizeof.point to say 8 automatically, without me having to write a macro that defines .size and stuff.

This would be most useful when putting structures into dynamic memory or into the stack. Such as
add esp, sizeof.point*3 + 4*3 + 2*1 ; 3 points, 3 doublewords, one word

Thank you for listening / debating.

And yes, i know the work around macro, but it does have its limitations.
Post 23 Aug 2004, 12:30
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pelaillo
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pelaillo
Hi Dragontamer,
the macros are flexible, for example, I never use sizeof.thing but instead the form thing.size that I find nicer.

In order to start a debating, it would be interesting to have examples for limitations of struct macro in order to solve (if possible) each one of them.
Post 23 Aug 2004, 12:38
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Dragontamer



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Dragontamer
Ok, then how to allocate memory on the stack? Or how to allocate memory from malloc call?

sizeof.point is much cleaner than
mypoint.size

Especially if there aren't any handy points around to steal size from.

For example:
I wish to do:
Code:
function:
push ebp
mov ebp, esp
sub esp, (amount of space to allocate)
virtual at esp
  point1 point
  x dd ?
  y dd ?
end virtual

;function
mov esp, ebp
pop ebp
ret
    

Or a better example

Code:
push sizeof.point
call malloc
add esp, 4
    


True, i can just do push mypoint.size, however, it makes more sense to do sizeof.point IMO.
Post 23 Aug 2004, 13:02
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Tomasz Grysztar



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Tomasz Grysztar
This is the flexibility of structure macros that disallows the "sizeof"-like features to be build in. Suppose you have such structure:
Code:
struc mystruct string,cptrs
 {
   .String db string,0
   .Pointers rd cptrs
 }    

What would the sizeof.mystruct mean, then?

You can try to adapt "struct" macro for the structures with parameters, but you still have to allow the structure to accept empty parameters for it to work:
Code:
macro struct [def]
{
   common
   struc def {
}

macro struct_helper name
{
   virtual at 0
   name name
   sizeof.#name = $ - name
   name equ sizeof.#name
   end virtual
}

ends fix } struct_helper

struct point x,y
  .x dd x+0
  .y dd y+0
ends point

push sizeof.point    


There are also other, much more complex macro solutions.


Last edited by Tomasz Grysztar on 12 Jun 2005, 09:33; edited 1 time in total
Post 23 Aug 2004, 13:14
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Dragontamer



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Dragontamer
Well, that makes sense...
I guess i'll just have to settle with doing mypoint.size for now.
Post 23 Aug 2004, 13:22
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pelaillo
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pelaillo
Dragontamer wrote:
I guess i'll just have to settle with doing mypoint.size for now.


Or sizeof.point if you prefer. That's the standard way as Privalov have indicated.
Post 23 Aug 2004, 18:24
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vid
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vid
dragontamer: keep in mind "struc" is same as "macro", only with all names starting with "." character prepended by structure name. It is not like HLL strucgture definition.
Post 23 Aug 2004, 20:13
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fasm9



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fasm9
HLL structure means "compiler",
While assembler is assembler.

parsing, more-higher-abstraction, bison, flex, RTL(reigster transfer language), treecc, BNF, machine code generation, microcode, regex..

so means not only "sugar-syntax".

--
PS: *_< at least, In my short knowledge. Smile
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