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The IDL_Container::Get function method returns heap variables (objects or pointers) from the container. By default, IDL returns the first item in the container unless you specify the ALL or POSITION keywords. If the container is empty, the Get method returns -1 or !NULL if you set the NULL keyword.


Result = Obj->[IDL_Container::]Get ([/ALL] [, ISA=class_name(s)] [, POSITION=index] [, COUNT=variable] [/NULL] )

Return Value

A scalar or array of heap variables (object references or pointers).

Note: You should not mix objects and pointers within the same IDL_Container. The first item added to the container determines whether it is an "object" container or a "pointer" container.





Set this keyword to return all of the heap variables within in the container. If ALL is set then the POSITION keyword is not allowed.


Set this keyword equal to a named variable that will contain the number of items returned. If the ALL keyword is also specified, specifying this keyword is the same as calling the IDL_Container::Count method.


Set this keyword equal to a class name or vector of class names. Use this keyword is used in conjunction with ALL. The ISA keyword filters the array returned by the ALL keyword, returning only the objects that inherit from the class or classes specified by the ISA keyword.

Note: IDL ignores this keyword if the ALL keyword is not provided.

Note: This keyword only applies to containers of objects. If you use this keyword with a container of pointers, then nothing will be returned (-1 or !NULL).


If this keyword is set and no items are returned, then the Get method will return !NULL instead of -1.

Tip: The NULL keyword is useful when trying to quietly remove all objects of a certain type from the container. For example:

obj->Remove, obj->Get(/ALL, ISA='MyClass', /NULL)


Set this keyword equal to a scalar or array containing the zero-based positions of the items to return.

Version History



8.2 Added NULL keyword.
8.4 Add support for pointers within containers

See Also

IDL_Container::Add, IDL_Container::Count, IDL_Container::Equals, IDL_Container::IsContained, IDL_Container::Move, IDL_Container::Remove

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