The labelizeformula( function returns the value of a formula along with the formula itself as a label.


This function has two parameters:

formula – is the text of the formula, which must be quoted.

pattern – is the pattern that will be used. If this parameter is omitted, a default pattern will be used (see below).


This function returns the value of a formula along with the formula itself as a label. This saves having to type the formula twice when you need to display a formula when logging and debugging, for example in a zlog statement. If you don’t specify a pattern, the output will be the formula (the label), followed by -->, followed by the value calculated by the formula, as shown by these examples.

labelizeformula({2+2}) ☞ 2+2 --> 4
labelizeformula({info("databasename")}) ☞ info("databasename") --> Contacts
labelizeformula({upper("Name")}) ☞  upper("Name") --> ROBERT

If the formula result contains more than one line, a different default pattern is used. For example, the info(“files”) function will return a multiline list of open databases. So the formula:


will return a result like this:

=== info("files") ============
=== END OF info("files") ============

Custom Patterns

If the standard pattern doesn’t meet your needs, you can add a second parameter to supply your own custom pattern. This pattern must contain «label» where you want the label to appear, and «value» where you want the value to appear. Here’s an example where using a custom pattern reveals that the city name has an extra space on the end.

labelizeformula({upper(City)},"«label» >>>«value»<<<") ☞ upper(City) >>>FRESNO <<<

This is such a common situation that there is a special shortcut pattern set up for this situation, ><.

labelizeformula({upper(City)},"><") ☞ upper(City) -->FRESNO <--

Note: The default patterns built into the labelizeformula( function are:

"«label» --> «value»"


"=== «label» ============"+cr()+"«value»"+cr()+"=== END OF «label» ============"

for multi-line values.

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