Part 3.2Functions in YASS
The concept of sub-programming, i.e. programs or chunks of code within another larger program was developed in the aim to make a program more readable. By introducing this concept into the many programming languages out there, programs became more modular.
What a function is
A function in programming is something that does something else when given some input.
A function may return (output) something when it is finished processing this input. A function can be given parameters so that it can receive arguments (values to the parameters). When a function is needed it is called.
A function is similar to a method, except that normally methods are applied to objects.
A YASS function is a syntax that encapsulates code within it. As mentioned, like many languages, YASS may choose to return something when it completes its execution.
Every YASS program starts with a main function - even those that do not include them are compiled to include one. The main function is always the first part of code to be run by ZPE.
A function looks like:
The syntax of a function in YASS
The access modifier is used to determine what other functions can access the function,
public and default.
Default is achieved by not specifying an access modifier at all.
The following is an example of a main function:
function main($args) print("Hello world!") end function
The following method contains two functions, a main function and a hello function:
function hello() print("Hello world!") end function function main($args) //Call the hello function hello() end function
In this example the main function calls the hello function.
Passing parameters in YASS
Functions may also have parameters passed to them. These are known as arguments or formal parameters when they are received.
The next example includes two functions, a main function and an add function but this time the function also has parameters passed to it:
function add($num1, $num2) print($num1 + $num2) end function function main($args) //Call the add function add(10, 20) end function
In this example the main function calls the add function.
Returning a value
Returning a value is in essence a function giving something back to whatever part of the program
originally called the function. This allows functions
to act a processors for a small chunk of code then provide an output that can be further
processed. In the following sample, the
return to give back the result and the main function stores the
result in a variable called
$result before printing that variable:
function add($num1, $num2)return $num1 + $num2end function function main($args) //Call the add function $result = add(10, 20) print($result) end function
Anonymous functions or lambda functions are a method of declaring a function without a name. These functions themselves can be assigned to a varaible or object property, but they do not have names.
An anonymous function is defined as a function without a name, so to create one
all that differs from an ordinary function is that there is no name following the
function ($x, $y) return 5 * $x * $y end function
These functions can be assigned to variables and then called:
$f = function ($x, $y) return 5 * $x * $y end function print($f(5, 2))
Anonymous functions can also be embedded as arguments for other functions. For example with the
YASS built-in function
$out = csv_decode($content, function($x) return $x + 5 end function) print($out)