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Passing a structure array

Passing a structure array

Passing a structure array

I have a window that calls a function of a NonVisualObject. I want the function to return an array of a structure. The array of structure is empty when it returns to the window, alltough I'm sure it's not empty in the function. When I debug the program, and watch to the strucuture array in the Window, I get the message "Children could not be evaluated".
Is it not possible to return a structure array? Or am I doing something wrong?

I created a structure with 3 elements. F.e. str_Log with elements:
- string s_Function
- long l_Code
- string s_Message

NonVisualObject (n_NVO):

CODE --> Powerbuilder

// Instance variable:
str_Log   istr_Log[]

public function str_Log[]  uf_Function
  istr_Log[1].s_Function = "uf_Function"
  istr_Log[1].l_Code = 2051
  istr_Log[1].s_Message = "Some text..."

  // some more records could be added here ...

  return istr_Log 

Window (w_Window):

CODE --> Powerbuilder

str_Log  lstr_Log[]

lstr_Log = in_NVO.uf_Function() 
So, in this window the lstr_Log is empty ("Children could not be evaluated").

RE: Passing a structure array

Change the method on your NVO and pass the structure by reference.

So your code would become:


str_Log  lstr_Log[]


You might want to return an integer to indicate success/failure.


"Nature forges everything on the anvil of time"

RE: Passing a structure array

OK, passing as reference parameter works. I will do it that way.

* while I was trying some things I found out that this doesn't work either:

CODE --> Powerbuilder

str_Log   lstr_Log1[]
str_Log   lstr_Log2[]

// some code to file lstr_Log1

lstr_Log2 = lstr_Log1 
lstr_Log2 is empty here.

* Passing a filled structure array as parameter by value to another method also does not work. The array is empty in the receiving method.
in_NVO.uf_Function2(lstr_Log) ==> lstr_Log is empty in method uf_Function2.

RE: Passing a structure array

There must be something else going on. I use code similar to your second example (lstr_Log2 = lstr_Log1) quite often without issue.


"Nature forges everything on the anvil of time"

RE: Passing a structure array

Maybe it works different in the Powerbuilder.Net version? It might be a bug in the .Net version.

RE: Passing a structure array

Have you tried wrapping your structure array inside another structure? You could include a success variable at that level, along with your structure array. Sadly, I've not tried passing arrays in more modern versions of PB, but in earlier versions they did not work... So that's when we started using a "header structure" to house the "detail structure array".

e.g. str_Hdr would have two variables: 1.) l_result (long) and 2.) s_log[ ] (str_Log)

It would add another level to the dot-notation, but would be worth a shot to see if this cures the issue.

RE: Passing a structure array

The function should return "ANY" if you want it to return an array:

public function any uf_Function

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