Open 3D Engine AzCore API Reference  22.10.0
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AZ::Environment Namespace Reference


class  AllocatorInterface


template<typename T , class... Args>
EnvironmentVariable< T > CreateVariable (u32 guid, Args &&... args)
template<typename T , class... Args>
EnvironmentVariable< T > CreateVariable (const char *uniqueName, Args &&... args)
template<typename T , class... Args>
EnvironmentVariable< T > CreateVariableEx (u32 guid, bool isConstruct, bool isTransferOwnership, Args &&... args)
template<typename T , class... Args>
EnvironmentVariable< T > CreateVariableEx (const char *uniqueName, bool isConstruct, bool isTransferOwnership, Args &&... args)
 Same as CreateVariableEx and CreateVariable with advanced control parameters.
template<typename T >
EnvironmentVariable< T > FindVariable (u32 guid)
template<typename T >
EnvironmentVariable< T > FindVariable (const char *uniqueName)
 Same as FindVariable but using a unique string as input. Please check CreateVariable for more information about hot strings are used internally.
O3DEKERNEL_API EnvironmentInstance GetInstance ()
 Returns the environment so you can share it with AttachEnvironment.
const void * GetModuleId ()
 Returns module id (non persistent)

Detailed Description

Environment is a module "global variable" provider. It's used when you want to share globals (which should happen as little as possible) between modules/DLLs.

The environment is automatically created on demand. This is why if you want to share the environment between modules you should call AttachEnvironment before anything else that will use the environment. At a high level the environment is basically a hash table with variables<->guid. The environment doesn't own variables they are managed though reference counting.

All environment "internal" allocations are directly allocated from OS C heap, so we don't use any allocators as they use the environment themselves.

You can create/destroy variables from multiple threads, HOWEVER accessing the data of the environment is NOT. If you want to access your variable across threads you will need to add extra synchronization, which is the same if your global was "static".

Using the environment with POD types is straight and simple. On the other hand when your environment variable has virtual methods, things become more complex. We advice that you avoid this as much as possible. When a variable has virtual function, even if we shared environment and memory allocations, the variable will still be "bound" to the module as it's vtable will point inside the module. Which mean that if we unload the module we have to destroy your variable. The system handles this automatically if your class has virtual functions. You can still keep your variables, but if you try to access the data you will trigger an assert, unless you recreated the variable from one of the exiting modules.

we use class for the Environment (instead of simple global function) so can easily friend it to create variables where the ctor/dtor are protected that way you need to add friend AZ::Environment and that's it.

Function Documentation

◆ CreateVariable() [1/2]

template<typename T , class... Args>
EnvironmentVariable< T > AZ::Environment::CreateVariable ( const char *  uniqueName,
Args &&...  args 

Same as CreateVariable except it uses a unique string to identify the variable, this string will be converted to Crc32 and used a guid.

◆ CreateVariable() [2/2]

template<typename T , class... Args>
EnvironmentVariable< T > AZ::Environment::CreateVariable ( u32  guid,
Args &&...  args 

Creates an environmental variable, if the variable already exists just returns the exiting variable. If not it will create one and return the new variable.

guid- unique persistent id for the variable. It will be matched between modules/different and compilations. The returned variable will be release and it's memory freed when the last reference to it is gone.

◆ CreateVariableEx()

template<typename T , class... Args>
EnvironmentVariable< T > AZ::Environment::CreateVariableEx ( u32  guid,
bool  isConstruct,
bool  isTransferOwnership,
Args &&...  args 

Advanced CreateVariable where you have extra parameters to control the creation and life cycle of the variable.

guid- same as CreateVariable guid
isConstruct- if we should actually "create" the variable. If false we will just register the variable holder, but EnvironmentVariable<T>::IsConstructed will return false. you will need to manually create it later with EnvironmentVariable<T>::Construct().
isTransferOwnership- if we can transfer ownership of the variable across modules. For example Module_1 created the variable and Module_2 is using it. If is isTransferOwnership is true if you unload Module_1, Module_2 will get the ownership. If isTransferOwnership is false, it will destroy the variable and any attempt from Module_2 of using will trigger and error (until somebody else creates it again).

◆ FindVariable()

template<typename T >
EnvironmentVariable< T > AZ::Environment::FindVariable ( u32  guid)

Check if a variable exist if so a valid variable is returned, otherwise the resulting variable pointer will be null.