Reuses a value when comparing two dynamic arrays of different lengths.
||An expression that resolves to a dynamic array. This argument can be a dynamic array of one elementa string or numeric expression.
function is used in combination with MVBasic functions that compare the elements of two dynamic arrays. Its most common use is to provide a corresponding element value when comparing dynamic arrays of different lengths. REUSE
provides the needed element values for the shorter of the two dynamic arrays by reusing the last element value as the value for all subsequent element comparisons.
can be used with the following MVBasic functions: ADDS
(modulo division), PWRS
(equal to), NES
(not equal to), GTS
(greater than), GES
(greater than or equal to), LTS
(less than), LES
(less than or equal to), CATS
(concatenate with delimiter), ANDS
(logical AND), and ORS
has no effect when the two dynamic arrays are of the same size, or if REUSE
is specified for the larger of the two dynamic arrays.
is set to a literal, it is treated as a dynamic array with one element. In other words, the literal is compared to every element in the other dynamic array.
is not used when comparing dynamic arrays of different lengths, a value is provided for the elements without a match. In most cases these elements are compared with either the null string (for string comparisons) or with 0 (for numeric comparisons). Note however that the DIVS
function supplies a value of 1 for missing divisor elements to prevent division by zero errors.
INFORMATION, jBASE, PIOpen, Prime, and UniData set $OPTIONS VEC.MATH
. When the $OPTIONS
VEC.MATH is set, REUSE
can use operator symbols to perform the five basic arithmetic operations on dynamic arrays. The + operator is equivalent to the ADDS
function. The operator is equivalent to the SUBS
function. The * operator is equivalent to the MULS
function. The / operator is equivalent to the DIVS
function. The ** operator is equivalent to the PWRS
function. These operators perform vector arithmetic when supplied dynamic array arguments, and perform simple arithmetic operations when supplied numeric arguments.
The following example gives the shipping weight of various items. The items (widget) vary in weight, but the packaging (box) is always the same weight:
! Returns 5.3v4.3v5.8v3.8v6.3v5.3v4.3
The following example concatenates the string value elements of two dynamic arrays. In this case, the qrtrs dynamic array is static; it always has four values, while the qpaid dynamic array grows as quarterly payments are posted. By making its last element value unpaid, the resulting paidstatus dynamic array always has a payment status for each quarter:
paidstatus = CATS(qrtrs,REUSE(qpaid))
! returns Q1-$100vQ2-$150vQ3-unpaidvQ4-unpaid
The following example uses REUSE
to calculate bonuses based on salary. The policy of this organization is to give its three highest-paid employees (the partners) a bonus of 1.5% of salary, and all other employees a bonus of 2% of salary: