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error in string base class

edited February 2013 in Bugs Posts: 58

I made I program that moves a ball randomly around the screen (I was bored) using tweens.

``````-- spazzing ball

function setup()
displayMode(FULLSCREEN)
ball = {x = WIDTH/2, y = HEIGHT/2, size = 20, color = color(255, 255, 255, 255), tweens = {}}
end

function draw()
if #ball.tweens == 0 then
setupTweens()
end
background(40, 40, 50)
strokeWidth(2)
fill(ball.color)
ellipse(ball.x, ball.y, ball.size)
end

function setupTweens()
for i=1, 10 do
--table.insert(ball.tweens, {x = makeTween(WIDTH), y = makeTween(HEIGHT)})
table.insert(ball.tweens, {x = 0, y = 0})
end
tween.path(ball, 2 * #ball.tweens, ball.tweens, tween.easing.linear)
end

function makeTween(max)
return math.random(ball.size/2, max - ball.size/2)
--newY = math.random(ball.size/2, HEIGHT - ball.size/2)
--return {x = newX, y = newY}
end
``````

When I run the program, however, I get this error message from the string base class:

error: [string "-------------------------------------------..."]:474: bad argument #2 to 'min' (number expected, got table)

Any ideas?

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• edited February 2013 Posts: 2,161

You have the first two arguments to the `tween.path` function the wrong way around. Try:

``````tween.path(2 * #ball.tweens,ball, ball.tweens, tween.easing.linear)
``````

and I think you get what you want.

(Oh, incidentally, it's nothing to do with the string base class. The word "string" there means 'The error happened in the file/tab that starts with the string "----------..." ')

• Posts: 398

@Andrew_Stacey - I've had this error as well and only recently under 1.5. Although, none of my tabs/files started with the string "-----------" ?

Maybe the error was caught by the tween library (which itself starts with this string)? Eitherway, I agree it is a bit confusing.

• Posts: 489

As `tween()` is written in Lua, off-stage, I think you get a Lua error for the relevant chunk if it happens to fall over.

• Posts: 58

wow... this a great reminder to check the syntax of my code before I post to the forums!
Thanks @mpilgrem

• Posts: 58

This time I got another error:

error: [string "-------------------------------------------..."]:501: attempt to index local 'tw' (a nil value)

I use multiple tabs, and I dont have over 500 lines of code in a single tab! In addiion, I searched my code for 'tw' and came up with no results! Any ideas?

• Posts: 489

Hello @edat44. The Codea API function `tween()` is, itself, written in Lua. Think of it as code in a tab that is hidden from you. When you do something to cause `tween()` to crash, you get an error message telling you what went wrong in that hidden tab.

• Posts: 58

Is this error that occured a bug with the tween library? If its not, it seems like like there should be an error warning message, saying what I did wrong in my code to cause said error to occur.