Global Variables

A global variable is defined as follows:

<type> <name> on <thread name> [= <initializer>];

Where <type> specifies the type of the variable, and <name> specifies the name of the variable. Furthermore, to ensure thread safety, it is also necessary to specify which thread it is possible to access the variable from. This is done by the <thread name> part. Finally, the variable may be initialized using the <initializer>. The initializer is guaranteed to be executed by the thread to which the global variable belongs. It typically happens when the variable is accessed the first time, but is at the discretion of Storm. The initializer may be omitted, in which case the vairable is constructed using its default constructor.

For example, the code below defines a global string variable, that is only accesible from the Compiler thread.

Str myString on Compiler = "Hello!";

As such, it is not possible to access it from the following function:

void myFn() {
    print(myString); // Error: can only access from the same thread.

This problem can be addressed by either marking myFn as running on the Compiler thread:

void myFn() on Compiler {
    print(myString); // OK, same thread.

Or by providing an accessor function to the myString variable as follows:

Str getMyString() on Compiler {
    return myString;

void myFn() {