Standard library

Storm provides a standard library located in the core package. This section is to highlight the most important types and functions from there, the rest can be explored from within Storm.

The most important types present in the standard library are the primitive types. In Storm, primitive types are implemented to look as much as possible like user-defined types. However, they follow different rules in calling conventions than a user-defined type of the same size. On X86, using the cdecl calling convention in C++, user-defined objects are always returned on the stack, while primitive types (pointers, integers, and so on) are always returned in the eax register. Primitive types in Storm will of course follow these conventions to be compatible with C++ and to not lose execution speed.

Primitive types

Storm provides a few basic numeric types:

More types are planned (changes may be introduced):

All types in storm have a fixed size across all platforms. Values may still be promoted during calculations, so do not rely on overflow semantics. At the moment, the compiler does not optimize as aggressively as current C compilers, so checks and similar things will not be optimized away.


Storm provides the following container types:

All containers except PQueue<T> provide iterators that allow accessing individual elements. These iterators work similarly to iterators in C++, except that they provide the members k and v to access the key and value of the current element rather than using pointer dereferencing. k is optional, and Set<K> does not provide that member. Due to its volatile nature, WeakSet<K> uses another type of iterator, more similar to Java. This iterator is a one-shot iterator that can be queried for the next element rather than an iterator to the begin and the end. Both iterators are supported in the range-based for loop in Basic Storm.

The Str class stores characters in UTF-16 internally, but does not provide an API to access this representation. Instead, iterators can be used to iterate through the string one UTF-32 codepoint at a time. One can also use the function to create a TextReader that allows reading character by character from the string.

Other types

Storm also provides some higher-level types: