In languages like Java, you cannot change how operators work, with minor
exceptions like the obj.toString() method.|
In C++, you can change the behavior of operators.
In Mint you can do the same. In the file overload.mint, which should
be in the same folder as the Mint JAR file, you can edit
some subprograms to let primitive Mint operators perform
special actions on objects.
Assume you have the following class-like subprograms:
sub Vector(x0, y0) type = "vect" horizCoord = x0 vertCoord = y0 return this end sub Sphere(radius) type = "sphere" r = radius return this end sub Number(value) type = "number" val = value return this end vec0 = Vector(7, 4) vec1 = Vector(15, -5) sphere0 = Sphere(60) print vec0 + vec1 print sphere0 * Number(3)In the overload.mint file, you define:
sub plus(x, y) when x.type == "vect" return [x.horizCoord + y.horizCoord, x.vertCoord + y.vertCoord] end sub times(x, y) when x.type == "sphere" and y.type == "number" return [x.r * y.val] endRunning program.mint will print [22, -1] and then .
The code emulates the addition of vectors and inflating a sphere with some atmospheric gas.
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