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Tasks in ARENA-py

Tasks are ways you can run programs in the ARENA.

You can think of tasks like threads. In fact, they behave a bit like Python threads, but unlike threads, ARENA-py tasks are all run in a single event loop.

Run Tasks/Start Event Loop


Stop Running Tasks/Stop Event Loop



You can run a task once at startup:

def f():
    print("here on startup")

# or do this:

You can run a task after a specified period of time (after [interval_ms] milliseconds):

def f():
    print("here, but after 1 second")

# or do this:
scene.run_after_interval(f, 1000)

You can run a task every [interval_ms] milliseconds:

def f():
    print("here, but after 10 seconds")

# or do this:
scene.run_forever(f, 10000)

You can run an async task (for advanced users who want to use asyncio to have more control over what their tasks are doing):

def f():
    await scene.sleep(5000) # must use scene.sleep or asyncio.sleep. DO NOT use time.sleep!
    print("here, but after 5 seconds")

# or do this:
scene.run_async(f, 1000)

Sharing global variables

Like with threads, global variables in ARENA-py must be used with the “global” keyword. Note: If global variables are pointing to something allocated in memory (like a class or list), “global” may not be needed, but it’s always best to use “global” just to be safe.

x = 0

def main():
    global x # note the use of "global"
    x += 1

def hello():
    global x # note the use of "global"
    x += 1

# below might not work as intended
def hello1():
    # note the lack of "global"
    x += 1


You can add arguments to tasks like so:

@scene.run_once(text="arena-py 2.0!", parent="sphere")
def make_text(text, parent):
    text_obj = Text(text=text, position=(0,1.5,0), parent=parent)

# scene.run_once(make_text, text="arena-py 2.0!", parent="sphere") # also works
objs = []

@scene.run_forever(interval_ms=1234, objs=objs)
def forever(objs):
    for o in objs:

# scene.run_forever(forever, 1234, objs=objs) # also works