Storing Information Within the Reactor Objects

One other important aspect of the application you need to think about is what kind of information to attach to the object reactor that is created for each polyline entity. In Lesson 6, you added code that attached the contents of gp_PathData (the association list) to the reactor. You expanded the data carried within gp_PathData by adding a new keyed field (100) to the association list. This new sublist is a list of pointers to all the circle entities assigned to a polyline boundary.

Because of the work that needs to be done to recalculate the polyline boundary, four additional key values should be added to gp_pathData:

;;; StartingPoint												;
;;; (12 . BottomStartingPoint)	15------------------------14   ;
;;; (15 . TopStartingPoint)		 |						|   ;
;;; EndingPoint					 10	----pathAngle--->   11   ;
;;; (13 . BottomEndingPoint)		|						|   ;
;;; (14 . TopEndingPoint)		 12------------------------13   ;
;;; 															;

These ordered points are necessary to recalculate the polyline boundary whenever the user drags a corner grip to a new location. This information already exists within the gp:drawOutline function in gpdraw.lsp. But look at the return value of the function. Currently, only the pointer to the polyline object is returned. So you need to do three things:

Assembling the perimeter point lists is simple. Look at the code in gp:drawOutline. The local variable p1 corresponds to the key value 12, p2 to 13, p3 to 14, and p4 to 15. You can add the following function call to assemble this information:

(setq polyPoints(list  
  (cons 12 p1)
  (cons 13 p2)
  (cons 14 p3)
  (cons 15 p4)

Modifying the function so that it returns the polyline perimeter points and the polyline pointer is also easy. As the last expression within gp:drawOutline, assemble a list of the two items of information you want to return.

(list pline polyPoints)

To add program logic to save the polyline perimeter points

  1. Modify gp:drawOutline by making the changes shown in boldface in the following code (don't overlook the addition of the polyPoints local variable to the defun statement):
    (defun gp:drawOutline (BoundaryData		/	 PathAngle
    			 Width	 HalfWidth   StartPt	 PathLength
    			 angm90	angp90	p1	p2
    			 p3	p4		poly2Dpoints
    			 poly3Dpoints		plineStyle  pline
      ;; extract the values from the list BoundaryData.
      (setq PathAngle	(cdr (assoc 50 BoundaryData))
    	Width		(cdr (assoc 40 BoundaryData))
    	HalfWidth	(/ Width 2.00)
    	StartPt	(cdr (assoc 10 BoundaryData))
    	PathLength   (cdr (assoc 41 BoundaryData))
    	angp90	 (+ PathAngle (Degrees->Radians 90))
    	angm90	 (- PathAngle (Degrees->Radians 90))
    	p1	 (polar StartPt angm90 HalfWidth)
    	p2	 (polar p1 PathAngle PathLength)
    	p3	 (polar p2 angp90 Width)
    	p4	 (polar p3 (+ PathAngle 
    				(Degrees->Radians 180)) PathLength)
    	poly2Dpoints (apply 'append
    				(mapcar '3dPoint->2dPoint (list p1 p2 p3 p4))
    	poly3Dpoints (mapcar 'float (append p1 p2 p3 p4))
    	;; get the polyline style.
    	plineStyle   (strcase (cdr (assoc 4 BoundaryData)))
    	;; Add polyline to the model space using ActiveX automation.
    	pline		(if (= plineStyle "LIGHT")
    			 ;; create a lightweight polyline.
    			 *ModelSpace*   ; Global Definition for Model Space
    			 (gp:list->variantArray poly2Dpoints)
    					;data conversion
    			 ) ;_ end of vla-addLightweightPolyline
    			;; or create a regular polyline.
    			 (gp:list->variantArray poly3Dpoints)
    					;data conversion
    			 ) ;_ end of vla-addPolyline
    			 ) ;_ end of if
    polyPoints   (list
    			 (cons 12 p1)
    			 (cons 13 p2)
    			 (cons 14 p3)
    			 (cons 15 p4)
    	) ;_ end of setq
      (vla-put-closed pline T)
      (list pline polyPoints)
    ) ;_ end of defun
  2. Modify the C:GPath function (in gpmain.lsp). Look for the line of code that currently looks like this:
    (setq PolylineName (gp:drawOutline gp_PathData))

    Change it so it appears as follows:

    (setq PolylineList	 (gp:drawOutline gp_PathData)
    	PolylineName	 (car PolylineList)
    	gp_pathData	(append gp_pathData (cadr PolylineList))
     ) ;_ end of setq

    The gp_PathData variable now carries all the information required by the reactor function.

  3. Add PolylineList to the local variables section of the C:GPathfunction definition.