The parameterentity( function returns the entity (field or variable) associated with a subroutine parameter, if any.


This function has one parameter:

number – is a number specifying what parameter you want to retrieve. All parameters are numbered, starting with 1 (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.).


This function returns the field or variable name associated with a parameter passed to the current subroutine. If there is no field or variable associated with the parameter (for example if the parameter is a constant or a complex expression) then this function returns empty text ("").

This rather contrived subroutine calculates a date a week in the future and assigns it to the field or variable specified by the first parameter of the subroutine. It uses parameterentity( to verify that parameter 1 is a field or variable, and then checks to see if the destination is a field, and if so, what type of field. If it is a text field it converts the date to text, if it is a numeric field it generates an error. All of this logic is based on the field or variable name returned by the parameterentity( function.

local futureDate,targetEntity,targetFieldType
futureDate = today()+7
if targetEntity=""
    rtnerror "Parameter 1 must be a field or variable"
if fieldnumber("",targetEntity)>0
    // parameter is a field, but what type?
    if targetFieldType=0
        futureDate = datepattern(futureDate,"mm/dd/yy") // text field
    elseif targetFieldType <> 4
        rtnerror "Parameter 1 must be a text of date field"
setparameter 1,futureDate

Error Messages

parameterentity( function must be used within a procedure. – You’ll see this error message if you try to use the parameterentity( function anywhere but in a procedure (for example in a form object).

parameterentity( function: Current procedure was not called as a subroutine. – This means that you are trying to use the parameterentity( function in your main procedure. It should only be used in a subroutine.

Parameter does not exist – The requested parameter was not supplied by the calling procedure.

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