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Returning several values from a procedure or function

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hi,

I would like to get several return values from a sub or function. how can i do that because from my knowledge, i just understand that a function can return 1 value whilst we r not returning value(s) from a sub.

thanks.
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Question by:lslim
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nigelrowe earned 50 total points
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How about...

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim an_array As Variant
    an_array = ReturnValues
End Sub


Private Function ReturnValues() As Variant
Dim i As Integer, s As String, o As Object
   i = 1
   s = "A string"
   Set o = New Collection
   ReturnValues = Array(i, s, o)
End Function
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 7092226
Another way (if you don't need the flexibility of arrays of return values):

Private Function ReturnValues(byref i As Integer, byref s As String, byref o As Object ) As Long
on error goto Err
  i = 1
  s = "A string"
  Set o = New Collection

  'return 0 ->success
Exit function
Err:
  ReturnValues = err.number
   
End Function

CHeers
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by:corvanderlinden
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yet another one


Private Function ReturnValues() As Long()

and so on .....
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by:bob_online
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If you declare the arguements of a procedure ByRef, you can modify them in the sub (or function)

sub main()

   dim St as string
   dim Nu as integer

   ST = "Going In"
   NU = 9
   Msgbox ST & " " & Nu

   Modify_Us St, Nu

   Msgbox ST & " " & Nu

End sub

Private Sub Modify_Us(ByRef St1 as string,ByRef nu1 as Integer)

   St1 = "Coming Out"
   Nu1 = 1

End Sub

You can modify any number of parameters this way without resorting to arrays or collecitons.
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by:rspahitz
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If you want to maintain the concept of functions returning only a single thing, you can have it return a structure (i.e. object, user-defined type, array, or elementary variable)

The elementary will return a single value, which will only help if you make it a string and parse it on the other end.  This is not the best approach.

The array will return multiple items of the same type, and was listed as a choice in a previous comment.

The user-defined type lets you defined a collection of values to the referred to by a single name.

The object is essentially a user-defined type with more.

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As indicated above, you can also break the one-value return by setting an "input" parameter as ByRef, after which any change to that valiable will impact the calling procedure also.

Also Microsoft uses this concept for some of its API calls, it is not recommended because it does not clearly indicate what will change.  Clarification: return values are expected to change; object properties are expected to change; input parameters should NOT change.
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per recommendation

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angelIII points for you at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20517678.html
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