Regular API function


Description Registers a custom script function, that calls back a c/c++ function. This function is useful for plugins that wish to provide their own or customized script functions. See also simRegisterScriptVariable.

Data exchange between a script and the plugin happens via a stack. Reading and writing arguments from/to the stack gives you a maximum of flexibility, and you wil be able to exchange also complex data structures. But it can also be tedious, if your data structures are anyway relatively simple. In that case you can use the helper classes CScriptFunctionData and CScriptFunctionDataItem located in programming/common and programming/include: they will greatly simplify the task.

Use following 4 functions in the helper class: readDataFromStack, getInDataPtr, pushOutData and writeDataToStack.
C synopsis simInt simRegisterScriptCallbackFunction(const simChar* funcNameAtPluginName,const simChar* callTips,simVoid(*callBack)(struct SScriptCallBack* cb))
C parameters
functNameAtPluginName: name of the function, combined with the plugin name: functionName@pluginName. Avoid using too simple function names, otherwise they might clash with other plugins. Also, always use the simXX. prefix (e.g. simMyPlugin.myCustomFunction) for the function name. The plugin name should be the exact same name used while loading the plugin via simLoadModule (if the plugin name is simExtMyPlugin.dll, this should be MyPlugin).
callTips: call tips: string (or several strings separated by '@') that indicates the input/output argument type/size. Call tips appear in the script editor when the function was typed followed by "(". callTips Can be nullptr, in which case no call tips will be displayed, nor syntax highlighting used.
callback: callback address that is called when the "functName" function is called from Lua. Can be nullptr, in which case the command will only register the function for call tips and syntax highlighting. See further down for a simple way to call above function, using a helper class. The callback's first argument is a SScriptCallBack structure that holds:

simInt objectID: handle of the object that the calling script is attached to, or -1 if the calling script is not a child script
simInt scriptID: handle of the calling script
simInt stackID: a stack handle. The stack is used to read arguments from the script, and to return data to the script. See also the available stack functions.

C return value
1 if function was registered, 0 if function was replaced (when that function name already existed), -1 in case of an error
Lua synopsis see sim.registerScriptFunction instead.
Lua parameters
Lua return values