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Documentation of class 'WordArray':



Class: WordArray



rev: 1.11 date: 2022/08/10 10:07:47
user: cg
file: WordArray.st directory: libbasic
module: stx stc-classLibrary: libbasic


WordArrays store 16bit unsigned integers in the range 0..16rFFFF.
In contrast to normal arrays (which store pointers to their elements),
wordArrays store the values in a dense & compact way. 
Since the representation fits the underlying C-language systems representation
of unsigned int16's, this is also useful to pass bulk data to c primitive code.

WordArrays can be used to hold bulk integer data in a more compact way.
    For example:
        Array new:100000 withAll:1
    requires 400k of object memory;

    in contrast,
        WordArray new:100000 withAll:1
    only requires half of it.

WordArrays can be used as literals i.e. you can enter WordArray-constants as: 
    #u16( element1 element2 .... elementN ) 
    #s16( element1 element2 .... elementN ) 
for example:
    #u16(1 10 128 127 0x7FFF 0x8000 0xFFFF)
    #s16(-1 1 10 128 127 0x7FFF -0x7FFF -0x8000)

Aliased as UInt16Array.

[memory requirements:]
    OBJ-HEADER + (size * 2)

    should probably be renamed to UInt16Array
    (there is an alias named 'UInt16Array', but when inspected,
    it presents itself as WordArray)


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Class protocol:

o  elementByteSize
for bit-like containers, return the number of bytes stored per element.
Here, 2 is returned

o  literalTokenPrefix

o  maxVal
the maximum value which can be stored in instances of me.
For WordArrays, this is 16rFFFF (largest 16bit unsigned int)

o  minVal
the minimum value which can be stored in instances of me.
For WordArrays, this is 0

Instance protocol:

o  unsignedInt16At: index MSB: msb
return the 2-bytes starting at index as an (unsigned) Integer.
The index is a smalltalk index (i.e. 1-based).
The value is retrieved MSB (high 8 bits at lower index) if msb is true;
LSB-first (i.e. low 8-bits at lower byte index) if it's false.
the index is a byte index; thus, this allows for unaligned access to
words on any boundary

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