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From: James Curran (JamesCurran_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-04-15 12:53:54

    The fact that the format string was up front was way done on the list of
advantages of PRINT USING (so far that many would consider it a
disadvantage, or at least were neutral about it).

    The primary advantage of the Basic PRINT USING was that it offered
formatting options that were difficult any other way. For example:

    f = 1.0
    print using "###.##"; f ' prints " 1.00" (exactly six

otherwise you'd have to write:
    f = 1.0
    S$ = str(f)
    i = instr(S$, ".")
    if i = 0 then S$ = S$ + ".00"
    else S$ = Left$(S$+"00", i + 2)
    S$ = right$(" " + S$, 6)
    print S$

James Curran     (Professional)  (Personal)
"Mattias Flodin" <flodin_at_[hidden]> wrote in message
Personally, I think the latter. It is interesting to note that the PRINT
statement in BASIC had cout-style printing from the start; the printouts
concatenated using ";" or "," operators, if one can call them operators.
However, for the sake of readability and ease-of-use, many dialects later
added the PRINT USING statement that allowed to you to provide a (type
independent, i.e. no loss of type safety) format string first, and then let
the arguments to the string follow.

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