Variable names with no illegal characters limitation

May 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Hi, I would like to be able to define variables without any limitation as to the characters allowed. This could be achievable either via escape characters (i.e. [My\ Variable]) or by delimiting variables using [] (i.e. [[My Variable]]). Is it possible to do this currently and if not can you point me to where I should make the change?
May 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Hi - I don't want to cut across any reply the Flee guys might have, but I had to do a similar thing - so users could refer to data items with nice readable names including dashes, brackets and all sorts of 'banned' characters.

I have a class defining each of my variables which contains amongst other things...
    MyClass.VarName = VariableName
    MyClass.VarGUID = "var_" & Guid.NewGuid.ToString.Replace("-", "")
Select Case VariableType
        Case "String" : MyClass.VarSystemType = GetType(String)
    ...etc etc...
So, my variable "DG Repeat Test 1.Inp-Account Status" becomes referred to as var_55578b92a5c84b2598a67527afd11833.
I then have simple lookup functions to find name & type info at run-time, and all expression functions occur using the var_GUID name.
Works a treat and is very fast & flexible.

Hope this gives some help.