SDL-News: RE: News: Create Request

Subject: SDL-News: RE: News: Create Request
From: Sergio Lopes (
Date: Tue Aug 11 1998 - 14:18:43 GMT

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Dear SDL users,

I'm still a beginner in SDL, I like the language (although I think its
use should be made more open) and I feel the need for two improvements:

The first concerns PROCEDURE. Every time I choose a names for a
procedure's argument I end up repeating the name of another variable
outside the procedure. Sometimes it becomes difficult to get
appropriated names. I don't know how you feel about this and my
knowledge in the field is few, but I would like to have procedure that
hide its arguments' names from the outside, that is, a procedure that
doesn't sees anything else besides its arguments.

The other issue, would in my opinion improve the object-orientation of
SDL. Christensen (bellow) already pointed limitations of the CREATE
REQUEST and I think his proposed model is indeed a very useful
improvement. I want to add that it would also be useful a CREATE REQUEST
that also accepts process type identifier (names) as arguments. With
that, CREATE X in the code of a process type X when executed in an
instance of Y (Y process type inherits X) would created a Y child.

I would like to know what do you think of this.

Best regards,
Sergio Lopes.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []
> Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 1998 3:43 PM
> To:
> Subject: news: Create Request
> Hello everybody.
> I'm really tired of the Create Request. This time I tried to create a
> new process from within the same block, but in a process type declared
> elsewhere. This of course failed.
> It seems to me, that once again it is nessecary to make a static
> process
> in all blocks, which on reception of a signal starts the new process,
> and returns the PID.
> This workaround has been made som many times by so many devllopers,
> that
> I think it is about time, that a standard solution is made a part of
> the
> language. The CreateRequest is simply to weak.
> I have attached a model for solution in PR format to this mail.
> I still use a static process in every block
> But instead of receiving a signal in the process I export a procedure.
> Instead of using the create request I use the RPC call.
> Now there was one thing which I need to do when using this. I have to
> make a forward declaration of the remote procedure which I did on the
> system level like this:
> remote procedure StartProc2; returns PID;
> Now my main suggestion is, that is also should be possible to write:
> remote process Proc;
> When doing so the following must happen:
> * Create request will use the RPC model to create
> the request anywhere.
> * The static process in the block where the process is finally
> declared in implicitly iserted.
> Where the remote process declaration is made controls the scope if the
> process where it is visible.
> The advantage of this model is,
> * No need to model any signals at all for the process
> creation. This is done implicitly by the RPC model
> described in the standard.
> * The create request can be routed out of the system to
> the environment or to specifik block if the same process
> is found in several blocks.
> * The declaration of the remote procedure automatically takes
> parameters.
> Actually this model seems so easy to implement, that I would claim an
> awk script could convert almost any PR code containing a remote
> process
> declaration into the current SDL-92
> As for OO considerations I one obvious thing to do would be to make
> creation of a derived process or instances of processes possible by
> requesting the base process.
> I'm looking forward to any comments on this suggestion.
> --------------------------- With Regards ------------------------
> Kjeld Flarup Christensen | Faelledvej 17
> Ericsson Diax A/S | DK-7600 Struer
> -----------------------------------| Phone +45 97 86 94 10
> A small but great part of Ericsson | Fax +45 97 85 44 22
> << File: RPCREATE.PR >>

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