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ArrayType represents C arrays

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Returns a new CType representing an array data type.

CType ArrayType()
Type: It represents the type of the elements or variable which is going to be present in an array
length Optional
It denotes the number of entries present in an array or the number of elements that an array should contain. If you don't specify this parameter, the array's length is unspecified.
Return value

A CType represents the newly declared array type.

Exceptions thrown
type is not a CType, or type.size is undefined.If the length is specifed but if it is not a valid one,then it is also thrown
The size of the resulting array can't be represented as both a size_t and as a JavaScript number.


Property Type Description
elementType CType The data type of the elements in an array  type. Read only.
length Number The number of elements in the array, or undefined if the array type doesn't have a specified length. Read only.

Properties inherited from CType

These properties are available on all CType objects.

Property Type Description
name String

The type's name. Read only.

For primitive types, this is just the name of the corresponding C type. For structure and opaque pointer types, this is simply the string that was passed to the constructor. For other function, pointer, and array types, this should be a valid C type expression.

ptr CType Returns a CType representing the data type "pointer to this type". This is the result of calling ctypes.PointerType(the_type). Read only.
size Number

The size of the type, in bytes. This is the same value as the C sizeof. Read only.

Note: ctypes.void_t.size is undefined.

Method overview

Methods inherited from CType

CType array([n])
String toSource()
String toString()

ArrayType CData Syntax

CData sized_arraytype();
CData unsized_arraytype(length);
sized_arraytype and unsized_arraytype are ArrayType CType.
The number of entries the array type should be able to contain. Only for unsized ArrayType.
Return value

A CData representing the newly allocated array.

Exceptions thrown
length is not provided for unsized array, or is provided for sized array.

ArrayType CData Properties

Property Type Description
length Number The length of the array. Read only.

In addition, each element in the array can be referenced by index using standard bracket notation, such as myArray[index].

Properties inherited from CData

Property Type Description
constructor CType

The data type of the CData object, as a CType. Read only.

Note: This is never ctypes.void_t or an array type with an unspecified length.
value object The JavaScript equivalent of the CData object's value. This will throw a TypeError exception if the value can't be converted.

ArrayType CData Method_overview

CData addressOfElement(idx)

Methods inherited from CData

CData address()
String toSource()
String toString()

ArrayType CData Methods


Returns a new CData object of the appropriate pointer type, whose value points to the specified array element on which the method was called.

CData addressOfElement(
A numeric value indicating the offset into the array of the element just to return a pointer. If this value isn't a valid JavaScript number that's also a valid index into the array, a TypeError exception is thrown.
Return value

A new CData object pointing to the specified element.

The type of the returned object will be determined by ctypes.PointerType(theArrayType.constructor.elementType)).

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