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Attempting to use Events

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Hey everyone,

I have a few questions on using events as I have not used them much and am now in need for such a system. I have a ship with multiple subsystems (computer core, engine, shields, etc) and want to hook up my UI elements to change as the subsystems are damaged, below is my current implementation of events for this system.

[CODE]
public class CombatUI
{
private GUIText computerCoreDamageIndicator;
private GUIText engineCoreDamageIndicator;
private GUIText weaponSystemDamageIndicator;

public void Observe(Ship ship)
{
ship.CCDH += new Ship.ComputerCoreDamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.ECDH += new Ship.EngineCoreDamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.WSDH += new Ship.WeaponSystemDamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
}

private void UpdateDamageIndicator(GUIText uiElement, float amount)
{
// TODO: Change value the indicator shows.
}
}
[/CODE]

[CODE]
public class Ship
{
public event ComputerCoreDamageHandler CCDH;
public delegate void ComputerCoreDamageHandler(GUIText uiElement, float amount);
public event EngineCoreDamageHandler ECDH;
public delegate void EngineCoreDamageHandler(GUIText uiElement, float amount);
public event WeaponSystemDamageHandler WSDH;
public delegate void WeaponSystemDamageHandler(GUIText uiElement, float amount);

...
}
[/CODE]

My issue is that using this method I need to create a new event, delegate, etc for every subsystem I have. Would there be a better method to implement this or am I on the right track?
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No you don't. a delegate is simply a signature. You create ONE delegate per signature that you need.

[code]
public delegate void HandleActionDelegate(GUIElement element, float damageAmount);

public class Blah {
public event HandleActionDelegate EngineDamaged;
public event HandleActionDelegate ShieldDamaged;
}
[/code] Edited by Washu
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Just did some google searches on another problem I am having. I get no errors, but the += lines don't seem to be executing. The output I get is this:

[font=courier new,courier,monospace]OUTPUT:[/font]
[font=courier new,courier,monospace]Adding subsystems...[/font]
[font=courier new,courier,monospace]Finished adding subsystems...[/font]

[CODE]
public class CombatUI
{
private GUIText player_computerCoreDamageIndicator;
private GUIText player_engineCoreDamageIndicator;
private GUIText player_weaponSystemDamageIndicator;
private GUIText player_sensorSystemDamageHandler;
private GUIText player_shieldEmittersDamageHandler;
private GUIText player_shieldStrengthDamageHandler;
private GUIText player_hullStrengthDamageHandler;

public void ObserveSelf(Ship ship)
{
Debug.Log("Adding subsystems...");
ship.computerCoreDamage += new Ship.DamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.engineCoreDamage += new Ship.DamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.weaponSystemDamage += new Ship.DamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.sensorSystemDamage += new Ship.DamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.shieldEmitterDamage += new Ship.DamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.shieldStrengthDamage += new Ship.DamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
ship.hullStrengthDamage += new Ship.DamageHandler(UpdateDamageIndicator);
Debug.Log("Finished adding subsystems...");
}

private void UpdateDamageIndicator(GUIText uiElement, float amount)
{
Debug.Log("Added a subsystem with element ID: " + uiElement.GetInstanceID());
}
}
[/CODE]
[CODE]
public class Ship
{
public event DamageHandler computerCoreDamage;
public event DamageHandler engineCoreDamage;
public event DamageHandler weaponSystemDamage;
public event DamageHandler sensorSystemDamage;
public event DamageHandler shieldEmitterDamage;
public event DamageHandler shieldStrengthDamage;
public event DamageHandler hullStrengthDamage;
public delegate void DamageHandler(GUIText uiElement, float amount);
...
}
[/CODE]

I can't find anything wrong with my code compared to the myriad of examples I have looked up. It seems to just skip over the += lines.
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All those lines are doing is adding the handlers. Something in your ship needs to fire the events in order for them to [i]do[/i] anything.
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Just as a side note, there's a shortcut you can use with newer versions of C# where you can skip declaring the delegate type for arbitrary events:

[code]
public event Action<GUITextElement,float> CCDH;
[/code]

The main thing you lose is the generation of parameter names on auto-generated handler functions. This is acceptable though if your handlers are declared using lambda style.
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