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Functions and Subroutines in ASP
If you read our Tutorial on Include Files (SSI) then you learned how to encapsulate ASP code within include files and the benefits it brings us.
As developers, we should endeavour to make our lives easier wherever possible... no one wants to re-invent the wheel after all.
Functions and Subroutines exist to not only save us time, but to bring power to our ASP.
They are just another way of encapsulating code, but have a lot more functionality than just 'saving some code for later'.
First, let's look at Functions... Imagine a balloon salesman in the street. We've all seen them they require one piece of information when you buy a balloon, the colour.
Let say we asked for a red balloon... The balloon salesman armed with this 'information' then does a pretty basic action... he hands you the balloon. The balloon you received is a direct result of the information you gave the balloon seller.
Functions are just the same... they return to you a value based on the information you provided. Lets look at an example Function: -
strColour = lcase(strColour) 'This converts the value lowercase.
Select Case strColour
Case "red" Tempstr = "Here is your red balloon"
Case "yellow" Tempstr = "Here is your yellow balloon"
Case "green" Tempstr = "Here is your green balloon"
Case "blue" Tempstr = "Here is your blue balloon"
Case Else Tempstr = "Sorry, we have sold out of that Colour"
getBalloon = Tempstr
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