Nasal Callbacks Explained

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Many Nasal functions accept callbacks as function arguments, i.e. you can basically pass around functions as arguments (and return values). Some of the more common uses in FlightGear are callbacks invoked by timers or by listeners. So a callback parameter is basically a "pointer" (reference) to a function. The function can be free-standing or part of some other data structure (vector/hash), or a method call, i.e. bound to a symbolic name - or an anonymous function, that is directly specified "inline", without any name:

Consider the following snippet of code, which assigns a function to the say_hello symbol:

var say_hello = func() {

# to call the function:

But you could just as well call an anonymous function directly, without binding it to any symbolic name:

(func() {
}) ();

TODO, explain:

  • free functions with/without parameters
  • method calls with/without parameters
  • me calls with/without parameters
  • call()