LOCAL


Basic form

LOCAL f.

Effect

Can only be used after the FORM statement.
Saves the current value of the field f when you enter the routine and restores it when you leave the routine.
You can also use LOCAL for field symbols and formal parameters. With field symbols, it not only saves and restores the field reference created using ASSIGN , but also the contents of the field referenced when you enter the routine.
With formal parameters, please note that although changing the value of the formal parameter does not affect the actual parameter after you leave the routine (if you specified the formal parameter after LOCAL ), the values of the formal and actual parameter within the routine are always identical.
This contrasts with the VALUE specification (see FORM ) where changing the passed field within the routine does not affect the value of the formal parameter.

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