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Is it possible to store a field name in a variable, then assign it a value?

Good day, everyone!

I am working on a program in which there are many different amount fields in which an amount may be assigned. For reusability purposes, I was wondering if it would be possible to write a routine that identifies the target amount field, stores it in a variable that is passed back to the calling program, and then assigns a value to it. There may be different structures having the same field name; what I'm trying to do is avoid having to code a huge IF or CASE statement for each structure. For example:

Structures S1, S2, and S3 have some fields identically named. Call one of them F1.

What I'd like to do is call a routine that identifies "F1" as my target field to populate. Then, upon return, I can assign it to the desired structure. Kinda like this:

S1-fieldname = 24.17. (but fieldname isn't a true field in the structure -- it would hold the value of the true field, "F1").

I realize this might not even be possible, but given how talented the folks are on this forum, I thought I should at least pose the question.

As always, points given for all helpful answers, and thank you!!


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    Posted on Jun 18, 2008 at 08:31 PM


    The value in the variable w_column_name should be in capital letters...which means the field name in the variable should be in capital letters..



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  • Posted on Jun 18, 2008 at 08:04 PM

    You can do that by the use of Field-Symbols.

    check the link to get the details of how to use a field symbol and try to implement it in your solution

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