A VERY easy question ... I think

Posted on 2003-03-08
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Last Modified: 2012-05-04
What, exactly, is the difference between a Sub and a Function?
Question by:lillockey
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Expert Comment

ID: 8095446
The Function returns a value.

Expert Comment

ID: 8095477
For example:

Private Sub Command3_Click()
 result = Add15(4)
 Debug.Print result
End Sub

Function Add15(x) As Double
'This functions returns a double-precision floating-point value

Add15 = x + 15

End Function

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SSSoftware earned 160 total points
ID: 8095556

A subroutine, a Function and an Event procedure are almost identiical.

1 They all contain Code that can be executed

2 They all can but do not have to recieve parameters

3 They follow the same naming conventions.
     Note: an event procedure has a very strict naming convention of ObjectName_EventName or ControlName_EventName

4) An Event procedure (subroutine) must reside in a Form module. That is a module that is associated with a Form.

5) Subroutines and Functions can reside in either a form module or a standalone module

6) A subroutine cannot be used in a conditional statement
or on the right side of an assignment statement ( = )

7) A subroutine can only be used in a standalone statement
  ie. a CALL statement

8) A function can be used on the right hand side of an assignment statement or in a conditional statement.

   It can actually be used where ever a variable can be used. With the exception that a function cannot be used to recieve (be the target of) data

    Function = "Sam"   is not valid

9) a function returns one and only one value which then replaces the function call in the statement.

 a) a Function returns a value
 b) a Subroutine does not

Note: do not confuse returning a value with changing the contents of a parameter. Both constructs can change the contents of a parameter.

This is probably mor than you wanted but..... I.m a teacher at heart.

Good Luck,

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Author Comment

ID: 8096742
Thanks, Ed.

As sad as it is, I have received minimal formal training, yet have completed programs with things such as FileSystemObjects, Data Access, ... and a number of other things I can't remember off the top of my head.  As an instance, I'm creating a program that edits Empire Earth's Random Map Scripts automatically.  It's a challenge but ... since I do it for fun and not money ... it's kinda slow.   Ah well ... thank you for all of your help.


Expert Comment

ID: 12849129
All hail the empire eath editor

Author Comment

ID: 12850189
btw ... I have completed what is now called Empire Earth Map Script Guide (v3.3.3).
Download it here:

It is very nice.  I don't think I'll be doing any help for it as I intended it for the little group I meet with weekly.  But other than help ... it works great.


PS ... I'll upload the final version some time tonight (3.3.0 doesn't save the files properly :P)

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Its nice to know that game still has loyal supporters willing to sacrifice time to make the game better.

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