After you decrement LOP, you need to decrement MAX. Otherwise the loop will be unable 
to get beyond 4.

Think about it - as soon as you delete a null value, you are guaranteeing that "if 
null" will be true on your last pass, thereby decrementing LOP and requiring another 
pass, which will do the same, which will do the same ...

That's why I ALWAYS do a "FOR I = MAX TO 1 STEP -1" style loop when coding this sort 
of stuff ...

Bit slower, but far harder to mess up ...


-----Original Message-----
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Peter Olson
Sent: 25 March 2004 12:41
To: 'U2 Users Discussion List'
Subject: RE: Optimisation ?


I can't get this to get out of the loop!!!

the trim crt'ed pretty quick... neat!

----: L23                                                   
0001:       PETE = 'THIS}IS }}}A TEST}}}'                   
0002:       CRT TRIM( PETE , @VM )                          
0003:       REC = PETE                                      
0004:       MAX = DCOUNT( REC< 1 > , @VM )                  
0005:       FOR LOP=1 TO MAX                                
0006:          IF REC<1,LOP> = '' THEN                      
0007:             REC=DELETE(REC,1,LOP,0)                   
0008:             IF LOP = MAX THEN GO 300                  
0009:             LOP=LOP-1                                 
0010:          END                                          
0011:       NEXT LOP                                        
0012: 300:                                                  
0013:       CRT REC                     


-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Jonathan Leckie
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 7:29 AM
Subject: Optimisation ?

I have the following piece of code :

IF REC<1>  '' THEN
    IF REC<1,LOP> = '' THEN
      IF LOP = MAX THEN GO 300

I wonder could this simply be replaced with :

IF REC<1>  '' THEN
  GO 300

Can anyone see any problems with using TRIM to remove trailing, repeated and
initial value markers and therefore achieving the same effect without
looping through each multi-value?  This is on Unidata 3.3.2 incidentally.


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