Making the move...

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at
Tue Mar 21 19:55:21 EST 2006

On 3/21/06, Geoff Canyon <gcanyon at> wrote:
> Do you have an example? I agree that if you end up passing in a
> handful of arguments by reference, you haven't accomplished much by
> breaking out the routine. The question is if there isn't a better way
> to slice the routine, where that wouldn't be necessary.

OK, I have a better example. Say I have a data set and I need to loop
through it and extract three different pieces of information e.g. a
list of the 4th column in each line, a list of lines that match a
certain set of criteria, and a cumulative total obtained by adding a
certain column in each line.

Each of these could be done in a separate function, but that would
mean looping through the data set three times. With a large data set,
it is significantly faster to loop once, filling all three new
variables in the single loop. If I separate this off into a separate
function, then I need a way of passing multiple results back.

The alternatives that I see are to use script local variables or to
pass an empty parameter by reference and have the function fill it.
Does anyone have any other ideas or recommendations?


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