Using UDFs in grids

I'm having a problem with a column in a grid, which I want to display the results of a UDF.

I've got this column defined in the .INIT() method as using

    .ControlSource = "inttohex(VAL(names.value),4)"

- where inttohex() is a UDF that converts an integer into a hexadecimal string. The UDF takes two parameters. First is the integer, here the numeric contents of the NAMES.VALUE filed. The second parameter is the width of the resulting string.

I've include a declaration in the .INIT() method code as

    EXTERNAL PROCEDURE inttohex

When I run this, I get an error:

    Variable is not found

The call stack is pointing to the line which defines the .ControlSource property.

Any suggestions?
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IainMacbAsked:
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pcelbaCommented:
You should enclose the ControlSource expression into parentheses:

    .ControlSource = "(inttohex(VAL(names.value),4))"

or

    .ControlSource = "(TRANSFORM(VAL(names.value), '@0'))"

The EXTERNAL PROCEDURE command is not necessary here.
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Olaf DoschkeSoftware DeveloperCommented:
As Pavel says. It's a bug of VFP9, it's defined as "by design", but it hasn't always been that way, this controlsource could have worked in earlier versions.

The problem VFP9 has, is: It could interpret inttohex (or any function name) as an array variable, parameters of the function call interpreted as indexes of an array variable. Putting an expression into outer paranthesis solves the problem.

Explanation I got some time ago: A controlsource in paranthesis is by definition an expression evaluated, leading to a readonly controlsource (oneway), while anything that could be a variable or array element could also be bound twoway (read/write). VFP then gives up stating "Variable not found".

It makes sense halfways, but in any other place in code that expression would be evaluated without the error.

Parenthesis are a general solution, if you bind to such an expression or anything else but variables or fields you want to bind to read/write. Even if you want to bind a field or variable readonly, you can do so with parenthesis.

Bye, Olaf.
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IainMacbAuthor Commented:
Wow for speed of response! :-)
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