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Invoking Macros - DaveBarnett - 07-09-2018


After I learned that PowerPmac IDE will add your global definitions to the intellisense namespace that are then available to the parser...(and even works under GPASCII, without the IDE) I began to understand what a handy tool this is to have in the debugging arsenal!

For example...I can add to the global definitions:

#define MyCmd1 P10=10

and, after download, this will appear in the intellisense context if using the IDE terminal, and you can type the cmd in a GPASCII session over Ethernet, and it works.

But, what I’m wondering, it possible to actually call a function this way...and pass and return parameters? That would be “the bomb” !, as my kids say.

From the manual:
** Function text substitution macros, single-line or multi-line, can only be invoked from within a downloaded IDE project. Unlike single-line macros, they cannot be invoked from command lines such as the IDE terminal window or other gpascii -2 communications threads **

Is there another way...? I’ve experimented with Python scripts doing the parsing...but, it's slow and involves managing the write-protected memory, etc.

RE: Invoking Macros - steve.milici - 07-10-2018

This requires the “parsing” of the IDEs pre-processor to “build” the function-like code. PMAC syntax only knows: call 10000

User-specified program within IDE project manager:
open subprog Pythag (Rise, Run, &Hypot)
local RiseSqrd, RunSqrd;
RiseSqrd = Rise * Rise;
RunSqrd = Run * Run;
Hypot = sqrt(RiseSqrd + RunSqrd);

Automatically becomes for download:
#define Pythag {auto-assigned #}
open subprog Pythag // open subprog {auto-assigned #}
#define Rise L0 // First variable in subprogram declaration
#define Run L1 // Second variable in subprogram declaration
#define Hypot L2 // Third variable in subprogram declaration
#define RiseSqrd L3 // First internally declared local variable
#define RunSqrd L4 // Second internally declared local variable
RiseSqrd = Rise * Rise; // L3 = L0 * L0;
RunSqrd = Run * Run; // L4 = L1 * L1
Hypot = sqrt(RiseSqrd + RunSqrd); // L2 = sqrt(L3 + L4);

Subroutine call statement in calling program written as
call Pythag (XDist, YDist, &VecDist);

Automatically becomes for download:
R0=XDist; R1=YDist; call Pythag; VecDist=R2;
Pythag is substituted by {auto-assigned #}

RE: Invoking Macros - DaveBarnett - 07-12-2018

Thanks, Steve. I see how you can create these sub programs for use with PLC's and motion programs. But, how to get the functionality over the GPASCII session? (If I type Pythag(....) into the terminal, it is rejected as illegal)

RE: Invoking Macros - steve.milici - 07-12-2018

In "gpascii" only valid PMAC syntax is allowed.