Tutorial :Why can't typed optional arguments have a default of Null?



Question:

In ActionScript 3, when you declare an optional argument by giving it a default value, the value null cannot be used on typed arguments.

function Action(Param:int=null){      // 1184: Incompatible default value of type Null where int is expected.  }  function Action(Param:int=0){      // No compiler errors  }   

Any workarounds for this, or general purpose values that can apply to all data types?


Solution:1

You can change your int to Number and then can set it to NaN which is a special number that means 'not a number' and this can represent your null state for a Number.

To check if something is NaN, you must use the isNaN() function and not val == NaN, or you will not get what you expect.

function Action(param:Number = NaN) : void {      trace(param);  }  

For all other objects, you can set them to null, but 'primitive' numbers are handled differently in Actionscript.


Solution:2

int variables cannot be null, that's why you get that error, only reference types like objects can be null

Instead you can use NaN as a special number instead of null. If you want to check if something is NaN you mus use the isNaN function.


Solution:3

you could also include a flag in the method signature to avoid having the parameter promoted from int to number:

function whatever(intProvided:Boolean = false, someInt:int = 0):void  {      if(intProvided)          doSomeStuff();  }  

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