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  • Variables won't save

    here's an odd one.
    Code editor, global variable, initialize at startup.
    Try saving a global variable named:

    Alpha changes it to:

    Can someone confirm this.
    I was under the impression that underscores were ok in variable names. (I hope they are or I've got a lot of changing to do)


  • #2
    RE: Variables won't save

    BTW, this is a variable that I normally dim in the autoexec and have no problem with it. I was trying something so I wanted to dim it in the code editor.



    • #3
      RE: Variables won't save


      Worked ok for me. What was your exact steps? Did you give the variable a null value after you dim'd it?



      • #4
        RE: Variables won't save


        A communication tip:

        Down the line it probably will help you to stop thinking of 'saving variables' when you really mean 'initializing' them. For many of us 'saving' means taking something that exists only in memory and storing it on disk. Here it looks like you're trying to declare a global variable on startup and give it an initial value. When this happens the value exists only in memory and has not been saved anywhere. See what I mean ? -- tom


        • #5
          RE: Variables won't save


          Here's copy of note just written to myself.

          Note to self:
          Before offering advice make sure you
          undestand the scenario.

          I see now that my previous post was off point (just a little bit!). Sorry. -- tom


          • #6
            RE: Variables won't save


            It would appear the problem is the word "fax" with the underscore after it, not the just the underscore. Try any variable name with the word "fax_" and the name changes to "fa_x". Either fax and underscore is a reserved name or this is indeed an error.



            • #7
              RE: Variables won't save

              It happens.
              In version 4.5 and others ( not a5v5 ) you couldn't dim a variable beginning with "as". I remember Selwyn saying this would have been a very big deal to fix.

              Interactive in 4.5
              dim ashcan as c
              ERROR: Empty expression


              • #8
                RE: Variables won't save

                What's odd is I have been using this variable, dimmed and assigned in autoexec for quite a while and never before had a problem. I guess I'll change it but now I'm worried what other variables will crap out on me. This had me confused for a while as my code wouldn't work for no apparent reason, then I noticed the variable thing.

                Anyone from Alpha care to comment on this? Is this (fax) a nono. What other reserved variable names are there?



                • #9
                  RE: Variables won't save

                  it is a bug in the dialog box where you define the global var.

                  there is nothing wrong with the variable name.

                  if you defined this variable in your autoexec script, for example, it would work.

                  i will fix the bug for the next release.

                  thanks again.