Q62455: Invalid Entries in Symbol Table Using F1 in QB.EXE, QBX.EXE
Article: Q62455 Product(s): See article Version(s): 4.50 Operating System(s): MS-DOS Keyword(s): ENDUSER | SR# S900517-174 B_BasicCom | mspl13_basic Last Modified: 2-JAN-1991 Within the QB.EXE or QBX.EXE programming environment, if you create a variable of any type and then position the cursor on the variable and press F1, the Help window will appear, showing the type of the variable and how it is used in the program. If you then change the type of the variable and request help on the variable again, it will now be shown as being defined as both types, even though the variable appears in your program only once. This information applies to QB.EXE for QuickBASIC version 4.50 for MS-DOS, and QBX.EXE for Microsoft BASIC Professional Development System (PDS) versions 7.00 and 7.10 for MS-DOS. Although the variable appears in the Help window as being defined as two variable types, memory is only allocated for the variable of the type it was last declared as. The symbol table used for displaying help on variables is updated only when QB.EXE or QBX.EXE is returned to the root state, which is when a new program is loaded or the current program is saved. To eliminate the duplicate entries, save the current program by pressing ALT+F, then "S" for Save or "A" for Save As. (The program does not need to be reloaded.) The following steps duplicate the problem: 1. Load QB.EXE or QBX.EXE and type the following on a separate line: x$ = "" 2. Place the cursor on the "x$" and press F1 to get help on the variable. 3. With Help visible, change the line to read: x = 0 4. Place the cursor on the "x" and press F1 to get help on the variable. You will now see the following in the Help window: x is a symbol that is used in your program as follows: | D:\TEST.BAS ----------------------- | variable of type: STRING | variable of type: SINGLE precision
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