[stringtemplate-interest] IAttributeRenderer and Type Inheritance in C#
sharwell at pixelminegames.com
Fri Oct 23 18:52:30 PDT 2009
This semi-solves one problem, but doesn’t address another at all. What if you want to add a renderer for “[non-interface] type X and all types derived from X”? Also, it still doesn’t address the performance issue of the feature itself. Below is one way it could be implemented without changing the public interface.
· Performance when the feature is not in use
· Registering renderers for interface type
· Performance implication when a renderer is registered for an interface type
· Registering renderers for a base type and having it also apply to derived types
public virtual void RegisterRenderer( Type attributeClassType, IAttributeRenderer renderer )
Dictionary<Type, IAttributeRenderer> renderers;
// renderers for interface types are kept separately due to their performance implications
if (_attributeRenderers == null)
_attributeRenderers = new Dictionary<Type, IAttributeRenderer>();
renderers = _attributeRenderers;
if (_interfaceRenderers == null)
_interfaceRenderers = new Dictionary<Type, IAttributeRenderer>();
renderers = _interfaceRenderers;
renderers[attributeClassType] = renderer;
public virtual IAttributeRenderer GetAttributeRenderer( Type attributeClassType )
IAttributeRenderer renderer = null;
if ( _attributeRenderers != null )
if ( !_attributeRenderers.TryGetValue( attributeClassType, out renderer ) )
renderer = null;
// Only need to perform the expensive interface checks if the user registered a renderer for an interface type
if (renderer == null && _interfaceRenderers != null)
renderer = _interfaceRenderers.FirstOrDefault(pair => pair.Key.IsAssignableFrom(attributeClassType)).Value;
if ( renderer != null )
// found it!
// we have no renderer overrides for the template or none for class arg
// check parent template if we are embedded
if ( _enclosingInstance != null )
return _enclosingInstance.GetAttributeRenderer( attributeClassType );
// else check group
return _group.GetAttributeRenderer( attributeClassType );
From: stringtemplate-interest-bounces at antlr.org [mailto:stringtemplate-interest-bounces at antlr.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Buhacoff
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 6:55 PM
To: StringTemplate Mailing List
Subject: Re: [stringtemplate-interest] IAttributeRendererand Type Inheritancein C#
My last suggestion solves the performance and priority issues:
A separate method for setting a list of interface renderers
Something like: public void setRenderers(List<AttributeRenderer> renderers)
Then in StringTemplate this list of renderers would be checked only if a class renderer wasnt found.
Performance issues would then only affect people using this feature.
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On Oct 22, 2009, at 9:10 PM, "Sam Harwell" <sharwell at pixelminegames.com> wrote:
Hi Vincent and Jonathan,
I can’t tell who said what here due to the way your editors formatted the text. I thought about a possible solution to the performance problems I mentioned, but I don’t think it will be viable. I thought about always caching the results of the lookup, so object interfaces would only need to be checked the first time a type was used in a template. Unfortunately, due to the way templates inherit attribute renderers, several problems emerge:
1. Caching the renderers would result in a copy of all type->renderer maps in every template, incurring both a space and time overhead.
2. Caching the renderers would break the attribute renderer inheritance scheme.
3. Not caching the renderers would mean checking all interface base types and interfaces while walking up the template inheritance chain. This would be a more substantial hit than GetAttribute, likely more than doubling the time required to render templates. I’ll profile this to make sure, but if my analysis proves correct the feature will have to be completely reengineered before we could talk about incorporating it into the library.
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