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:

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> and Queue<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.

In Basic Storm, some of these have shorthands:


All containers except PQueue<T> and Queue<T> provide some way of iterating through the individual elements in the container. Storm provides two interfaces for this: C++-style iterators and ranges.

An iterator is, just like in C++, a pointer to a position in a container. Iterators can be advanced to the next position using the ++-operator and compared to other iterators using == and !=. Thus, to represent a range of elements, one iterator to each end is required. Therefore, containers using this interface provide two operations: begin and end to acquire the entire range contained in the iterator. Ranges are exclusive, meaning that the iterator referred to by the end operation refers to one element after the last element, and not a valid element. Iterators may be advanced to the end element and compared to the end iterator, but not further. The values referred to by the iterator are retrieved by the k and v operations (for key and value, respectively). Not all containers, for example the Set, provide the k operation on their iterators.

Other containers, most notably WeakSet<T> uses another kind of iterator, similar to what is found in Java. We will refer to these as range iterators. A range, just like an iterator, represents a position in a container, but keeps track of the end of the range itself. A range iterator provides a single operation, next, that advances the iterator and returns the current element, or null whenever the end of the range is reached. The return value of next is therefore always Maybe<T>.

Other types

Storm also provides some higher-level types: