ZenClasses

I am putting this here so only those who want to know at least some things on ZS will find it.

A ZenClass is essentially a java class but you can define it from within ZS.
If you think ‘That does not really fit the theme of a scripting language’ you are right.
That’s why only those who are able to mess with it should ever find this.

Keywords

These are keywords that can be found in the class’ body and they will initiate a certain action, like adding a member to the class.

Name Descrition
zenClass Starts a new class, needs to be followed by the name.
var/val Creates an instance variable, final of the val keyword was used.
static Creates a class (static) variable. They can’t be final.
zenConstructor Creates a constructor for the class.
function Creates an instance method. There’s no way of creating static methods, as you can do that outside the class as well.
this Reference to the object we are currently in. Only useable in methods and constructors. Used if a parameter hides a field, for example.

Example

A commented example:

<br />//Creates a class named 'name', you can also access it using scripts.scriptPath.name


zenClass name {

    //Each variable needs a type set. 
    //Variables don't need to be initialized, but if you do, initialization is as in Java.


    //Statics are initialized in &lt;clinit&gt;, i.e. when the class is first defined.
    static myStatic as string = "value";
    static otherStatic as string = "value";

    //If an instance varaible has an initializer, it will be initialized after before the first constructor call.
    val nonStatic as string = "123";

    //If an instance variable has no initializer, you can initialize it in the constructor if necessary, even if final.
    val nonStaticTwo as string;


    //A constructor requires all parameters (explicitly typed)
    zenConstructor(parameter as string, parameter2 as string) {
        print("TETETE");
        print(parameter);


        nonStaticTwo = parameter2;
    }


    //You can have several constructors, but there is no way of constructor chaining.
    zenConstructor(parameter as string) {
        print("FFFFFF");
    }


    //It is recommended that you explicitly state method's return types as well.
    function myMethod(arg as string, arg1 as string) as string {
        return "value" + arg ~ arg1;
    }

}



//You call a constructor by calling the class type/name
var test = name("NOPE");
test = name("nope", "noper");
print(test.myMethod("one", "two"));

print("");

//You can call statics by the use of the class type/name
print(name.myStatic);
print(name("parameter1", "parameter2").nonStatic);

val ttt = name("t");

//You can also call statics by the use of a class instance.
ttt.myStatic = "1";
print(ttt.myStatic);