Transitions come in two varieties: "external" and "internal". By default, a transition is considered external. This means that a transition will exit the current state node, and enter the next state node (even if that state node is the state the machine is currently in). This exit/enter loop will trigger any actions that are set on the
A transition can be set to internal, either through setting a
. (dot) in front of the state node name (as we do in this lesson), or through setting the property
true on the transition object.
When a transition is internal, it will not exit and enter the state node, which means that the actions in the
exit/transition/entry loop will not be called.
Would be good to highlight the benefit or use case for internal transitions?
I asked this on Twitter and David gave me this reply:
It's just another way of specifying exactly which actions you want to be executed for a transition. It's one of those things that you'll know when you need it.
In general, prefer transition actions instead of entry/exit if you're concerned.