Drawing the Rows

Drawing the Rows

See if you can make sense of the following function. Compare it to the pseudo-code
and try to catch the geometric calculations just described. There may be a few AutoLISP
functions that are new to you, refer to the AutoLISP documentation if you need help
with these functions. For now, just read the code; do not write anything.

(defun gp:Calculate-and-Draw-Tiles (BoundaryData / PathLength
                                    TileSpace TileRadius SpaceFilled SpaceToFill
                                    RowSpacing offsetFromCenter
                                    rowStartPoint pathWidth pathAngle
                                    ObjectCreationStyle TileList)
  (setq PathLength          (cdr (assoc 41 BoundaryData))
        TileSpace           (cdr (assoc 43 BoundaryData))
        TileRadius          (cdr (assoc 42 BoundaryData))
        SpaceToFill         (- PathLength TileRadius)
        RowSpacing          (* (+ TileSpace (* TileRadius 2.0))
                              (sin (Degrees-Radians 60))
                            ) ;_ end of *
        SpaceFilled         RowSpacing
        offsetFromCenter    0.0
        offsetDistance      (/ (+ (* TileRadius 2.0) TileSpace) 2.0)
        rowStartPoint       (cdr (assoc 10 BoundaryData))
        pathWidth           (cdr (assoc 40 BoundaryData))
        pathAngle           (cdr (assoc 50 BoundaryData))
        ObjectCreationStyle (strcase (cdr (assoc 3 BoundaryData)))
  ) ;_ end of set

q  ;; Compensate for the first call to gp:calculate-Draw-tile Row  
  ;; in the loop below.
  (setq rowStartPoint
       (polar rowStartPoint
            (+ pathAngle pi)
            (/ TileRadius 2.0)
       ) ;_ end of polar
  ) ;_ end of set
q  ;; Draw each row of tiles.
  (while (<= SpaceFilled SpaceToFill)
    ;; Get the list of tiles created, adding them to our list.
    (setq tileList   (append tileList
                (setq rowStartPoint
                     (polar rowStartPoint
                     ) ;_ end of polar
                ) ;_ end of set
q                TileRadius
              ) ;_ end of gp:calculate-Draw-TileRow
            ) ;_ end of append
     ;; Calculate the distance along the path for the next row.
     SpaceFilled   (+ SpaceFilled RowSpacing)
     ;; Alternate between a zero and a positive offset
     ;; (causes alternate rows to be indented).
           (if (= offsetFromCenter 0.0)
           ) ;_ end of if
    ) ;_ end of set
q  ) ;_ end of while
  ;; Return the list of tiles created.
) ;_ end of defun

A couple of sections from the code may need a little extra explanation.

The following code fragment occurs right before the while loop begins:

;; Compensate for the very first start point!!
(setq rowStartPoint(polar rowStartPoint 
(+ pathAngle pi)(/ TileRadius 2.0)))

There are three pieces to the puzzle of figuring out the logic behind this algorithm:

  • The rowStartPoint variable starts its life within the gp:Calculate-and-Draw-Tiles function by being assigned the point the user selected as the start point of the
  • The very first argument passed to the gp:calculate-Draw-TileRow function does the following:

    (setq rowStartPoint(polar rowStartPoint pathAngle RowSpacing))

    Another way of stating this is: At the time the gp:calculate-Draw-TileRow function is called, the rowStartPoint variable is set to one RowSpacing distance beyond the current rowStartPoint.

  • The rowStartPoint argument is used within gp:calculate-Draw-TileRow as the starting point for the centers of the circles in the row.

To compensate for the initial forward shifting of the rowStartPoint during the drawing of the first row (that is, the first cycle through the while loop), you will want to shift rowStartPoint slightly in the opposite direction. The aim is to avoid the appearance of a large
margin of empty space between the path boundary and the first row. Half the TileRadius is a sufficient amount by which to move the point. This can be achieved by using
polar to project rowStartPoint along a vector oriented 180 degrees from the PathAngle. If you think about it, this places the point temporarily outside the path boundary.

The next fragment (modified for readability) may be a little puzzling:

(setq tileList (append tileList
                    (setq rowStartPoint
                      (polar rowStartPoint pathAngle RowSpacing)
                    ) ;_ end of set
q                    TileRadius TileSpace pathWidth pathAngle
                    offsetFromCenter ObjectCreationStyle

In essence, there is setq wrapped around an append wrapped around the call to gp:calculate-Draw-TileRow.

The gp:calculate-Draw-TileRow function will return the Object IDs for each tile drawn. (The Object ID points to
the tile object in the drawing.) You are drawing the tiles row by row, so the function
returns the Object IDs of one row at a time. The append function adds the new Object IDs to any existing Object IDs stored in tileList.

; Near the end of the function, you can find the following code fragment:
(setq offsetFromCenter
  (if (= offsetFromCenter 0.0)

This is the offset toggle, which determines whether the row being drawn should begin
with a circle centered on the path or offset from the path. The pseudo-code for this
algorithm follows:

; Set the offset amount to the following:
 ; If the offset is currently zero, set it to the offset distance;
 ; Otherwise, set it back to zero.

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