ObjVector Overview

An Object Vector (ObjVector) is a A Heap object containing zero or more pointers to other Heap objects in the System. (Note: the empty or nil value is represented by a nil (0) pointer value). ObjVectors allow access to stored Analytic Information Server object values using an integer key. An ObjVector is a data structure composed of an arbitrary number of Analytic Information Server Objects. Assuming there are n elements in a vector, the elements of the vector are accessed as elements 0 thru n-1. An ObjVector also has a tail in the same sense that a Pair has a tail.

This sets an ObjVector of 2 objects, namely a Structure and a Vector.

(setq X (new Vector: object: 2 #{A: 1 B: 2} #(1 2) ) )

The ObjVector is a dynamic data type: it can grow to containing new elements or contract as elements are deleted. An element is accessed by an index from 0 to n-1 where n is the number of elements in the ObjVector. When an element is added, it is appended to the end. The elements of the ObjVector may also be sorted or deleted by specifying the index of the element.

When to Use

The ObjVector is a subtype of the Vector Data Type. The IntVector object is useful for storing AIS Objects(i.e. Dictionary, Structure, Directory). The ObjVector object is very fast and has minimum memory overhead due to the indexed access of its values. If you require a random access strategy or a keyed access strategy see the Dictionary or Structure data types.

Visual Basic Comparison

An Analytic Information Server NumVector is similar to the single dimensioned dynamic array in Visual Basic. The Visual Basic array is created at compile time (the Visual Basic Array still requires a "ReDim" to specify a dimension), whereas the Analytic Information Server structure is created, expanded, or contracted dynamically at run time.

Dim DayArray(50)

DayArray is an array of Variants with 51 elements indexed, from 0 thru 50.

Constant Form

The ObjVector native data type has a constant form. A ObjVector constant is enclosed in brackets and preceded by the sharp symbol #(obj| ).

For Example:

#(obj| #{A: 1 B: 2} #(1 2 ) )

Object Data Types

The ObjVector is a Heap Object or an Object Data Type. The Analytic Information Server Object Types are stored in the Heap and are managed by the Heap manager. The Analytic Information Server Heap manager supports object resizing, garbage collection, and anti-fragmentation algorithms so that the user may concentrate on the analysis and modeling of data rather than on memory management. Without exception, all of the Object types are identified by an object id. The object id identifies a block of memory, managed by the Lambda Information Server memory manager, in which the Object's data is stored.

The Analytic Information Server Heap Object and Native Data types can be saved and loaded to and from persistent (disk file) storage at any time. Containers with immediate data are saved on disk in fixed length records equal to the size of the container. Containers with Heap object references are saved in fixed length records, which are automatically expanded to include the contents of the Heap object, and any objects referenced by the Heap object, etc. This feature is called Object Closure Management and is automatic with every Analytic Information Server container database save.

Analytic Information Server containers may be loaded from any database repository record at any time. If the data in the record is immediate, the database load fills the container with the immediate data. If the data in the record is an object closure, the database load fills the container with a Heap object reference, and all of the objects in the record are loaded back into the Heap with the same referential relationships they had when they were saved in the repository.


Data Type Examples

The ObjVector object can be demonstrated by the following examples.

Example_ObjVector_addMethod_022 Example_ObjVector_append_009 Example_ObjVector_cdr_009 Example_ObjVector_compareEQ_014
Example_ObjVector_compareGE_014 Example_ObjVector_compareGT_014 Example_ObjVector_compareLE_014 Example_ObjVector_compareLT_014
Example_ObjVector_compareNE_014 Example_ObjVector_compare_017 Example_ObjVector_comparison_014 Example_ObjVector_copy_009
Example_ObjVector_delete_012 Example_ObjVector_insert_008 Example_ObjVector_isAtom_008 Example_ObjVector_isEqual_016
Example_ObjVector_isIdentical_015 Example_ObjVector_isInside_007 Example_ObjVector_isMember_007 Example_ObjVector_isObjectVector_001
Example_ObjVector_isObject_010 Example_ObjVector_isType_019 Example_ObjVector_length_011 Example_ObjVector_member_007
Example_ObjVector_new_012 Example_ObjVector_ref_025 Example_ObjVector_remove_007 Example_ObjVector_resize_009
Example_ObjVector_reverse_006 Example_ObjVector_setCdr_009 Example_ObjVector_setLastCdr_009 Example_ObjVector_setq_022
Example_ObjVector_sizeof_017 Example_ObjVector_sort_016 Example_ObjVector_type_019 Example_ObjVector_uniqueInsert_007