Calling Procedure Methods

A procedure method is executed by calling the method. This is sometimes referred to as sending a message. The syntax for calling a procedure method is:

Send {method-name} [of {object-ID}] {param1 … paramN}


The order of the parameters must match the list of parameters in the method's declaration. The parameters you pass can be either constants, variables or expressions, so long as they are of comparable type to the matching parameters in the method declaration.

If you are calling a method of the current object (current instance of the class) then you can use the self keyword as the object-id. Refer to The Self Keyword section for more details. Alternatively, you can omit the object-id clause completely and DataFlex will automatically reference the current object.

Examples of calling procedure methods follow:

Class cMyEdit is a Edit

    Procedure DoAddName

        String sName

        Get psName To sName

        Send Append_Text sName

        // same as writing  Send Append_Text  of Self  sName



    Procedure Construct_Object

        Forward Send Construct_Object

        Property String psName Public "John"

        On_Key Key_Alt+Key_D  Send DoAddName



The above example declares a class cMyEdit based on the Edit class. The Contruct_Object procedure defines an accelerator-key (Alt+D) that will call the DoAddName method. The DoAddName method will read a string property and append it to the end of the text by calling the inherited Append_Text method.

If you are calling a method of some other object then you need to provide a handle to that object in the {object-ID} part of the Send statement. The DataFlex Handle type can be used to create variables or properties for storing object handles. Examples of Send statements that call methods of some external object are:

Send Beginning_of_line of oEdit

Send Goto_Line         of oEdit  iLineNumber

Send Move_Absolute     of oEdit  20 5

In the above example, oEdit is an instance of the Edit class.