Attributes
Not all features mentioned here are implemented
In Loop you can give segments of code an attribute to their change default behavior.

Attribute Scopes

Attributes are scoped based depending on where they were put in your code. They differ from regular scoping in that they "apply" to certain segments and aren't always dependant on curly brackets.

General Scopes

A simple example of a scope is the "root" scope. Which means that an attribute applies to all code (including it's imports).
Let's say that we don't want this attribute on the entire file, we can utilize the general scoping rules as well. For example if we only want strict-type checking in an if-expression:

Variable Scopes

Attributes can be applied to variable declaration statements. An example of this scope is the following, which will call a function if the containing value was changed.
@Changed(y)
x := 100;
y := fn(name, new_value) {
print(name, new_value);
}
x = 3000;
x = 5000;
Now let's dissect this a little bit.
First, we create a new variable called "x" and assign 100 to it. Then we give it the attribute Changed this attribute will invoke the passed function argument when the corresponding variable was changed.
@Changed(y)
x := 100;
Next we define the function that we will invoke (notice that for attributes we don't need to define a function before using it as a parameter in an attribute). This function just prints the variable name and it's new value.
y := fn(string name, string new_value) {
print(name, new_value);
}
Finally we change the value of "x" twice to test invocation of the function. This will call the function "y" twice with the name in both cases being "x" (as string) and new_value being 3000 in the first instance and 5000 in the second instance.
x := 3000;
x := 5000;

Attributes

A detailed description of all attributes that Loop has by default

Changed

Invokes a function whenever the value was changed. The function won't be executed on first assign.
Can be applied to:
  • Variable declarations
Parameters:
  • Function
@Changed(func: Function)
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