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Wt::WTimer Class Reference

A utility class which provides timer signals and single-shot timers. More...

#include <Wt/WTimer.h>

Inheritance diagram for Wt::WTimer:
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Public Member Functions

 WTimer ()
 Construct a new timer with the given parent.
 ~WTimer ()
std::chrono::milliseconds interval () const
 Returns the interval.
void setInterval (std::chrono::milliseconds interval)
 Sets the interval.
bool isActive () const
 Returns if the timer is running.
bool isSingleShot () const
 Is this timer set to fire only once.
void setSingleShot (bool singleShot)
 Configures this timer to fire only once. More...
void start ()
 Starts the timer. More...
void stop ()
 Stops the timer. More...
EventSignal< WMouseEvent > & timeout ()
 Signal emitted when the timer timeouts. More...
- Public Member Functions inherited from Wt::WObject
void addChild (std::unique_ptr< WObject > child)
 Add a child WObject whose lifetime is determined by this WObject.
template<typename Child >
Child * addChild (std::unique_ptr< Child > child)
 Add a child WObject, returning a raw pointer. More...
std::unique_ptr< WObjectremoveChild (WObject *child)
 Remove a child WObject, so its lifetime is no longer determined by this WObject.
virtual const std::string id () const
 Returns the (unique) identifier for this object. More...
virtual void setObjectName (const std::string &name)
 Sets an object name. More...
virtual std::string objectName () const
 Returns the object name. More...
void resetLearnedSlots ()
 Resets learned stateless slot implementations. More...
template<class T >
void resetLearnedSlot (void(T::*method)())
 Resets a learned stateless slot implementation. More...
template<class T >
WStatelessSlot * implementStateless (void(T::*method)())
 Declares a slot to be stateless and learn client-side behaviour on first invocation. More...
template<class T >
WStatelessSlot * implementStateless (void(T::*method)(), void(T::*undoMethod)())
 Declares a slot to be stateless and learn client-side behaviour in advance. More...
void isNotStateless ()
 Marks the current function as not stateless. More...
template<class T >
WStatelessSlot * implementJavaScript (void(T::*method)(), const std::string &jsCode)
 Provides a JavaScript implementation for a method. More...
- Public Member Functions inherited from Wt::Core::observable
 observable () noexcept
 Default constructor.
virtual ~observable ()
 Destructor. More...

Static Public Member Functions

template<class T , class V >
static void singleShot (std::chrono::milliseconds interval, T *receiver, void(V::*method)())
 This static function calls a slot after a given time interval. More...
template<class F >
static void singleShot (std::chrono::milliseconds interval, const F &f)
 This static function calls a function after a given time interval. More...

Additional Inherited Members

- Public Types inherited from Wt::WObject
typedef void(WObject::* Method) ()
 Typedef for a WObject method without arguments.
- Protected Member Functions inherited from Wt::WObject
virtual WStatelessSlot * getStateless (Method method)
 On-demand stateless slot implementation. More...

Detailed Description

A utility class which provides timer signals and single-shot timers.

To use a timer, create a WTimer instance, set the timer interval using setInterval() and connect a slot to the timeout signal. Then, start the timer using start(). An active timer may be cancelled at any time using stop().

By default, a timer will continue to generate events until you stop() it. To create a timer that will fire only once, use setSingleShot(). There is also a convience static method singleShot().

When connecting stateless slot implementations to the timeout signal, these stateless slot implementations will be used as for any other signal (when Ajax is available).

In clients without (enabled) JavaScript support, the minimum resolution of the timer is one second (1000 milli-seconds), and it is probably wise to use timers sparingly.

A WTimer is only usable inside of a Wt event loop. If you want to create a timer outside the Wt event loop, take a look at asio deadline_timer or steady_timer.

Timers are one way to provide updates of a web page without the user generating an event. Alternatively you may consider server-initiated updates, see WApplication::enableUpdates().

Usage example:

// setup a timer which calls MyClass::timeout() every 2 seconds, until timer->stop() is called.
auto timer = root()->addChild(std::make_unique<Wt::WTimer>());
timer->timeout().connect(this, &MyClass::timeout);

Member Function Documentation

void Wt::WTimer::setSingleShot ( bool  singleShot)

Configures this timer to fire only once.

A Timer is by default not single shot, and will fire continuously, until it is stopped.

See also
template<class T , class V >
void Wt::WTimer::singleShot ( std::chrono::milliseconds  interval,
T receiver,
void(V::*)()  method 

This static function calls a slot after a given time interval.

For example, the following code will call this->doSome() after 2 seconds:

WTimer::singleShot(2000, this, &MyClass::doSome);
template<class F >
void Wt::WTimer::singleShot ( std::chrono::milliseconds  interval,
const F f 

This static function calls a function after a given time interval.

This variant of the overloaded singleShot() method supports a template function object (which supports operator ()).

void Wt::WTimer::start ( )

Starts the timer.

The timer will be isActive(), until either the interval has elapsed, after which the timeout signal is activated, or until stop() is called.

void Wt::WTimer::stop ( )

Stops the timer.

You may stop the timer during its timeout(), or cancel a running timer at any other time.

See also
EventSignal< WMouseEvent > & Wt::WTimer::timeout ( )

Signal emitted when the timer timeouts.

The WMouseEvent does not provide any meaningful information but is an implementation artefact.

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