Calc problem... already :-(

Discussion in 'Questions (Windows Mobile)' started by RandomCoder, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    I'm attempting a go at the calculator competition (see this thread

    In doing so I would like to take what I believe is a rather unique approach, however I am already experiencing problems and would like your help.

    The problem is this....

    x = 2 + 3
    Works like a charm, giving 5 as the result (can't really make it more simple than that)

    But now when I do this instead...
    x = 2 & chr(43) & 3
    I get 2+3 instead of the desired mathematical result.

    So is there a way of forcing the compiler to treat the expression as an equation rather than a string?

  2. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

  3. agraham

    agraham Expert Licensed User

    I personally don't like the weak typing of B4PPC but you can get it to work for you.

    x = 2 & Chr(43) & 3 & "*" & 4 ' build a valid expression 
    y = 0 + x ' coercion forces evaluation of the string
    Msgbox(y) ' success
    If you use this then you will need an error handler unless you can parse the string for mathematical correctness first.

    EDIT: Or use Isnumber() on the string and not try the coercion if it returns false. This approach supports */+- and ^ but not functions such as abs() etc.

    EDIT EDIT: Actually Isnumber() isn't reliable in this instance. I don't know why I thought it would be. Stick to the error handler approach!
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2007
  4. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    This trick is dangerous.
    I recommend you to use the code sample in the link I've posted instead.
    It will only work if evaluated once.
    This code for example will fail on the second time:
    Sub App_Start
    For i = 1 To 2
            x = 
            y = 
    0 + x 
    End Sub
    The reason it fails is that there is an optimization process that optimizes calculations after the first calculation.
  5. agraham

    agraham Expert Licensed User

    Pity - I thought that it might be quite useful:sign0148:

    EDIT: Actually this probably explains some inconsistent results and inexplicable errors I have encountered trying some fairly complicated string maniipulation where I was (rather less blatently than above) using B4PPCs apparent use of weak typing to reduce the amount of code.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2007
  6. RandomCoder

    RandomCoder Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Thanks for the input guys, I had already tried using a variety of amplisand, brackets and single quotes but all to no avail.

    With some help from a friend of mine he has got it working using the following method...

    x=(2 Chr(433)
    I must admit that I had already tried this without the brackets and all I got was a value of 2, but with the brackets it's evaluated correctly and produces a value of 5.

    Thanks for the help.

  7. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

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