Meta Tables

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Meta Tables

Meta tables allow you to add functions to all classes in the game at the same time.

For example, adding a function to "Entity" meta table like so:

local meta = FindMetaTable( "Entity" )

function meta:ResetHealth()
	self:SetHealth( self:GetMaxHealth() )
end

Will allow you to use it on ALL entities like so:

local ply = Entity( 1 ) -- Gets the first player on the server
ply:ResetHealth() -- We can call this function on any entity, including a player or an NPC.

However adding a function like this:

local ply = Entity( 1 )

function ply:ResetHealth()
	self:SetHealth( self:GetMaxHealth() )
end

Will not allow you to use that function on any other entity BUT Entity( 1 )

A list of type meta tables that can be retrieved with FindMetaTable can be found on TYPE_ Enums.

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