# FIND

Updated: 11/30/2021, 7:00:45 PM
Created: 11/30/2021, 7:00:45 PM
Last Updated By: Jake Tuttle
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Tags: string operations dynamic arrays

# Description

The FIND statement allows the location of a specified string within a dynamic array. It takes the general form:

FIND expression1 IN Var1 {, expression2} SETTING Var2 {, Var3 {, Var4}} THEN | ELSE statement(s)
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Where:

  • expression1 evaluates to the string with which to compare every element of the dynamic array.
  • Var1 is the dynamic array that will be searched.

The FIND command will normally find the first occurrence of expression1, unless expression2 is specified. If specified, then expression2 will cause a specific occurrence of expression1 to be located. The three variables Var2, Var3, Var4 are used to record the Field, Value and Sub-Value positions in which expression1 was found.

If expression1 is found in any element of Var1 then Vars 2, 3 and 4 are set to the position in which it was found and any THEN clause of the statement is executed. If expression1 is not found within any element of the dynamic array then Vars 2, 3 and 4 are undefined and the ELSE clause of the statement is executed.

# Note

The statement may omit either the THEN clause or the ELSE clause but may not omit both. It is valid for the statement to contain both clauses if required.

An example of use is as:

v.Array = 'ABC' : @FM : 'DEF' : @VM : 'XYZ' : @SM : 'XYZ'

FIND 'XYZ' IN v.Array SETTING v.Fld, v.Val THEN
    CRT "XYZ is in field: " : v.Fld, "value: ": v.Val
END ELSE
    CRT "Not found"
END
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to display:

XYZ is in field: 2      value: 2
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See also: LOCATE, FINDSTR

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