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what is the standard protocol for when to use which?

I know some might be obvious like to just turn on or off a display (long path), or needing to access a lot of object properties (func calls).

but what about if I have a large tree that needs 2 things changed per branch? I see either a single script with a lot of long path names, or a lot of little scripts with a lot of small functions.

is there a middle ground or a different option I'm not seeing?

NOTE: I understand each project is different. I'm looking more for guidance, not actually needing anything fixed.

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Maybe I'm not understanding but are you talking about the difference between properties and methods?
Also the 2 things changed per branch example would be done using a for loop counting to get_child_count() or get_tree().get_nodes_in_group().size()

I guess I should mention I haven't programmed in 20 years. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. so I'm looking for advice on how to handle this type of situation. I know how I'm doing it feels right, but idk if it's what's best, if something new is avail, or even if godot can handle it natively.

let's say you have a UI menu display that shows/hides features if you do/don't have something. My update func would have to change the .../StatFrame01/Label.text and then make the .../StatFrame01.visibility = true, or .../StatFrame01.show().

i can use var Node = get_node(.../StatFrame01), but then how do I change Node/Label.text?

I can use the for loops by making an array since I have 10 stats to display, but I guess my question is more about the best scripting protocols for this dynamic menu thing I'm making.

so right now I am using my levels script to call my UI script (b/c there are other UI calls like dialogue), which calls my pause screen (scripts both item and button displays), which calls my items display, which calls functions to v/h boxes. My setup is 1 item on the top, and then columns of 3/3/3 items on the bottom.

the alternative is to have my levels script just reach all the way down my UI's paths to change things, which isn't very clean of course.

$UserInterface/PauseMenu/ItemsDisplay/AnimalStats/StatFrame01/Label.text = str(Stat01)
$UserInterface/PauseMenu/ItemsDisplay/AnimalStats/StatFrame01.show()
$UserInterface/PauseMenu/ItemsDisplay/AnimalStats.show()
* if a v/h box is not .hide() when empty, it makes the display uneven.

even calling a script in .../ItemsDisplay has a lengthy path, or how do I use Node/AnimalStats.show(), etc?

hope that's better explained... :)

You can set nodes you'll commonly use as a variable like this

var node = $User_Interface/Pause_Menu/Items_Display/Animal_Stats
for i in node.get_child_count():
    if Stat[i] != null:
        node.get_child(i).get_node("Label").text = str(Stat[i]) #Stat is an array
        node.get_child(i).visible = true
node.visible = true

This would go through all the children of Animal_Stats so there's no countless lines of long paths and it will ignore the ones with no Stat.

I do believe get_child is what I was looking for. This will allow me to do some of the things I've been avoiding with much ease. Thank you, and sorry for the rustiness.

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