Objects stringification

This document is Work In Progress.

State of this Document

On September 4th 2010 , the question has been raised on the Haxe mailing-list how objects were stringified by Std.string.

At the moment, there's nothing in the specifications that describe how Std.string should work, the goals of this document is to know how it's implemented in different platforms and then to decide what should become the standard.

State of Std.string

This section aims at suming-up how Std.string is implemented across platforms. This is needed to evaluate differences and to get new ideas about what could be improved. This will also be important when evaluating the needed amount of work to implement a new standard.


Null value

The null value are represented by the "null" string.


Functions are represented by the "<function>" string.


Strings are represented by their own value.


Arrays are represented by the representations of values stored in it, separated by commas, and put inside square-brackets:
["Hello", 12, "World"]



As a default they will be represented by the "[object Object]" string, but if they do define a toString function, this function will be called and its return value will be used to represent the object.


Hashes are represented by the following type of string:
    key1 : ValueRepresentationOfKey1, 
    key2 : ValueRepresentationOfKey2
version #9215, modified 2010-09-05 23:41:16 by bdasnois