Art,

Personally, I see interesting challenges in your example -- things that I'd enjoy exploring an answer to.   Namely, in order to know what the return value should be, you'd need to know how the caller's variable is defined, since that is what determines the number of blanks to prepend.

But... you didn't ask about that.  Instead you asked the 101 basics of how to code a CONST and return value on a prototype... which tells me that this is probably your first subprocedure...

You also didn't explain why you need a procedure at all when EVALR already does what you want to do in 1 line of code.  (And, for sure, there are good reasons to use a procedure -- but you didn't mention any requirements that lead to that conclusion.)

And I don't understand your thought process in throwing *CONVERT into the message.  What does *CONVERT have to do with the question?  What are you thinking, here?


On 7/3/2024 1:58 PM, Art Tostaine, Jr. wrote:
I want to do something like this:

dcl-s mystring char(50);
mystring = right('ABC1234');

and "right" returns a string that is 50 characters long with ABC1234 right
justified. I Can code the procedure, but how do I define my dcl-proc and
dcl-pi so I can send in a constant and return my value to mystring?

I've been googling and saw *CONVERT and some other things but I can't get
it right.

Thanks for any help.

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