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Does JavaScript have input _and_ output parameter support?

Posted on 2006-10-26
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Hi.

<?php
function aa(a,b,c)
      {
      c = a + b;
      return a - b;
      }

var j = 0;
alert(aa(1,2,j));
alert(j);
?>

What happens at the moment is I have an alert of -1 and then 0.

How do I update j?

I can't use j in the function as that restricts it to a single variable.

In PHP I would ...

<?php
function aa($a, $b, &$c)
 {
 $c = $a + $b;
 return $a - $b;
 }
$j = 0;
$x = 0;
$k = aa(1, 2, $j);
$l = aa(3, 5, $x);
?>

sort of thing.

Similar facilities exist in VB and Delphi. Just can't seem to work out the JavaScript way.

Ta!
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Question by:Richard Quadling
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by:HonorGod
ID: 17810885
 Javascript parameters are pass by value.  So, you would need to have the function return a result
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by:HonorGod
ID: 17810903
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC '-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN' 'http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd'>
<html>
<head>
<title> function parms </title>
</head>
<body>
<script type='text/javascript'>
  function inc( x ) {
    x++;
  }
  var i = 0;
  document.write( 'Before: ' + i );
  inc( i );
  document.write( ' After: ' + i );
</script>
</body>
</html>
----------------------------------
Output is:
----------------------------------
Before: 0 After: 0
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by:Richard Quadling
ID: 17811137
Not quite.

I need to modify a value which is passed as well as generate a result.

I'm using a class_param to do this now. I was hoping for a byref mechanism.

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by:Richard Quadling
ID: 17811408
function class_Param(m_InitValue)
      {
      this.value = m_InitValue;
      }


i_magic_value = new class_Param(0);

can then use

x(i_magic_value);

and x can write to i_magic_value.value

Sorted!
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