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How to change the default value of a variable in runtime

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I have a TS sequence which through serial communication with a microcontroller sends the MCU its new IP address. The final octet is incremented for each new UUT. Example, the first one would be, the second, third one


I have a solution for that. But what I want is for the default value of my variable, which I called FileGlobals.Octet, to be saved as the last one that was issued. I have it set to 10 now, and it works fine for running one batch, but if I close the program and reopen it the day after, it's back to 10, and I don't want that. In the example above, I want it the sequence file to be reopened and have the variable start at 12!



I have three solutions as far as I can tell.


1) I can use StationGlobals to store it. I want to avoid that so the program can be used elsewhere smoothly.

2) I can store the value in a text file and read it each run. That's a silly solution, but would work.

3) Most elegant: I need your help to find out how to change the default value of the variable in runtime.


TS2016, LV2017.


Any help much appreciated!

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Accepted by topic author DrOnline82
05-20-2019 11:41 AM

@DrOnline82 wrote:

2) I can store the value in a text file and read it each run. That's a silly solution, but would work.

That is not a silly solution at all.  That is how you would have to do it in a built application, so it only makes sense in this situation as well.

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Using the shared flag could be a way to do this, but make sure you test and are fully aware of the impact of that flag before using it. It will cause the edit-time and runtime copies of your variable to be shared, which could give the persistence you're looking for, but it will also cause it to be shared with all other clones of the variable, such as between multiple executions in the batch or parallel model.


I'll second that the file option isn't such a bad idea... that's what the other options do to persist data (storing it in StationGlobals.ini, vs a custom file, vs the .seq file with the default value). This has the benefit of being an explicit step, so it's probably more obvious to someone looking at this code in the future.


Hope this helps!


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Thank you for your help. I might use the file solution then. It just felt to me to be inferior to using some runtime access to the variable's default value. You guys have a lot of experience with TS, are you not familiar with any such feature? Or is what I am asking for in fact what the flags are used for? I have never used that, but I'll check it. If I find it introduces any risk or unneccessary complexity I'll will probably go with the file solution. Keep it simple.


I'm using a sequencial model for this.

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