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vb.net pass structure filed into function

Posted on 2010-11-12
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I want to pass the data.diff field into the function. This works in Matlab. :) The IDE says that " 'diff' is not a member of 'system.array' ". The data structure is redim'ed and filled with data in code not shown. How do you get the field into the function?

'create structure to hold switch event data
Structure SWEvent
     Dim switch As String
     Dim time As Double
     Dim diff As Double
End Structure

'create data structure
Private data(0) As SWEvent

'my function
Public Function ArrayAverage(ByVal NumericArray() As Double) As Double
End Function

'trying to pass filed to function
dim mean as Double
mean = ArrayAverage(data.diff)

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ID: 34118773
You created data as an array of SWEvents. Take out the (0) or do data(1).diff.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34118793
Oh, wait, I see what you are doing. Hang on.
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Expert Comment

ID: 34118854
Okay, pass the whole thing into the function ArrayAverage(data) and do this
'my function
Public Function ArrayAverage(ByVal EventArray() As SWEvent) As Double
...For Each e in EventArray blah blah sum = sum + e.diff
End Function

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Author Comment

ID: 34119125
I was considering that solution, but wanted to pass the field so that I can use other functions I have. Trying to keep from modifying several functions. Let me ask another question: how do you assign a numeric array to a structure field as below? This could solve my issues.

dim d() as double
d = data.diff

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TommySzalapski earned 2000 total points
ID: 34119139
No you can't. The array does not have a .diff property ever for anything.
If you really want just the .diff members you'll have to pull them out into a new array.
Something like:
Dim numericArray(UBound(data)) As Integer

For i = 1 To UBound(data)
  numericArray(i) = data(i).diff

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Author Comment

ID: 34128112
Thanks. That works, but I'm disappointed that there isn't more array/matrix support in vb.net.

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