Version 4 (modified by Rafael de Pelegrini Soares, 15 years ago) (diff)

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EMSO Language Changes Suggestions

ext keyword for global parameters

Currently the ext keyword is used to obtain a global parameter. I've observed that this keyword is not well suited for its meaning.

The idea from http://www.modelica.org is to have outer parameters, which means a parameter from one of the parents. Then the simulator will look for the parameter in the parent tree until it finds it (maybe it is found only on the FlowSheet? but it can be matched before).

Usage example:

Error: Failed to load processor mso
No macro or processor named 'mso' found

Then when feed is instantiated on the FlowSheet? feed.NComp will be a reference for NComp on the FlowSheet?. But if the stream is used in a model this model can have a NComp parameter and this will be referenced.

Who Opinion Why
Rafael agreed proposed the change
Paula agreed because this change gives more flexibility to the user

CalcObject's

This is another example of keyword which is not directly understood by the users. I suggest to use just Plugin instead of CalcObject.

Usage:

Error: Failed to load processor mso
No macro or processor named 'mso' found

Another problem with the Plugin's is that each Plugin call (e.g. PP.LiquidEnthalpy?(T, P, z)) generates a units of measurement warning. In order to solve this problem I suggest the specification of the File attribute even for outer Plugins (as exemplified above). Then the simulator can check the units of measurement and number of arguments when checking the model and not only when the simulation is run.

Who Opinion Why
Rafael agreed proposed the change
Paula agreed because the warnings about unit checked in models cause a bad impression

Repository Directory Layout

This is not exactly a change on the language, but in order to support a change on the language we will need a branch on the models repository.

Usually, SVN repositories follow the layout:

  • trunk (the main development)
  • branches (the branches for parallel development with the trunk)
    • branch1
    • branch2
    • etc

In order to implement this change we could just rename the mso directory on the repository to trunk and create another top folder called branches.

Who Opinion Why
Rafael agreed proposed the change

Model Attributes

Currently only types have attributes, examples:

Error: Failed to load processor mso
No macro or processor named 'mso' found

In the above type declarations, Brief, Lower, etc are attributes. We are planning to add attributes also for Models and we need to define a syntax for their declaration.

Option 1

Something similar to the types declaration:

Error: Failed to load processor mso
No macro or processor named 'mso' found

Option 2

A new section for setting the attributes:

Error: Failed to load processor mso
No macro or processor named 'mso' found
Who Opinion Why
Rafael agreed proposed the change, but not sure about the option to be adopted

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