ruby(
SOURCE
)

The ruby( function executes a ruby program and returns the result (stdout).


Parameters

This function has one parameter:

source – Ruby script (source code). Note: It is very convenient to use “pipe” delimiters for this parameter, for example |||script|||. This eliminates needing to worry about the delimiters that occur in the script itself.


Description

This function executes Ruby source code and returns the result. Here is a simple example.

ruby({puts "«timepattern(now(),'hh:mm am/pm')»" }) ☞ 8:45 PM

Panorama formulas can be embedded in the Ruby source code using special tags. To embed a Panorama formula use

$«formula»$

The formulas are calculated in advance, then embedded into the source code as constants. For example, the formula $«2*3»$ will be embedded into the program as 6. The formula $«upper("hello world")»$ will be embedded as "HELLO WORLD". Note: You can embed database fields, global variables, fileglobal variables, and windowglobal variables into the formula, but local variables will not work. (You can, however, use local variables with the ruby statement.)

In the case of text formulas any special characters will be encoded as necessary for a proper Ruby constant. For example the formula $«{"}»$ will be embedded as "\x23".

To embed a Panorama formula with no quotes or translation use

^«formula»^

See Also


History

VersionStatusNotes
10.0No ChangeCarried over from Panorama 6.0.