[thelist] Friday Freebie

Scott Dexter sgd at thinksafely.org
Fri Jul 28 17:24:09 CDT 2000

<tip type="ASP,VBScript" Subject"Multiple Return Values">
So you've got this kick ass function you've written, and you're ready to
start using it, only about 3/4 of the way into coding that first
function call you realize that you need more than one value back from

Shit. What to do? --Take a cue from SQL: output parameters.

First an example, then explination

Dim result1, result2
result2 = 0

function kickass(byval strInput, byref out1)
start = Now
for i=0 to 10000000
	' think about it
strtmp = Replace(strInput, "$", "£")
kickass = Replace(strtmp, "dollars","pounds")
endt = Now
out1= datediff("s", start, endt)
end function

strowe = "You owe me $1 billion dollars."
result1 = kickass(strowe, result2)

pageout =  strowe & "<BR>Wait. No you don't. I changed my mind."
pageout = pageout & "<BR>" & result1
pageout = pageout & "<br>(It took me " & result2 & " seconds to

By passing result2 *by reference* we're allowing the function to change
the value. If you run this code, the value will be non-zero (on my
machine, 8 seconds).

Also, if you ever had a hard time understanding the difference between
passing parameters by value and by reference, this should clear things
up some.

think safely

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