Making the move...
rcozens at pon.net
Mon Mar 20 11:03:27 EST 2006
> In my experience, it's probably due to never passing values by
I'm curious as to why you eschew passing by reference.
If one needs to pass large variables, why incur the overhead of
duplicating the value of the variable before passing it? And if a
variable value needed at one level is derived from a routine nested
several calls deep, simply passing the variable by reference through
the nested calls is the simplest way to get the value back to the
Case in point:
An SDB record can be as large as the maximum amount of text one field
can contain. If the syntax of the record retrieval command were
"getSDBRecord sdbBuffer,..." instead of "getSDBRecord @sdbBuffer,...",
the command would have to create its own record buffer variable and
then return a result which is copied into some other variable. By
passing by reference, the two handlers (or as many handlers as needed)
can work on a single copy of the data.
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