Statement Type:

The data statement is an non-executable statement.

Statement Purpose:

In some programs it is desirable to "pre-load" certain values into variables. The data statement provides a way to do this for all variable types. Unlike the PARAMETER statement, any variable declared in a data statement can have its value changed later in the program.

Required Form:

data i,j/#,#.......,#/

From this you can see the only things that are required with the data statement are some variables ( they can be arrays or scalars in any data type), and a string of values to be assigned that are enclosed be to forward slashes.


To preload values for two INTEGER variables:
		data i,j/5,8/
To load an array with values:
		data values/1.,2.,3.,4.,5.,5*0./
Where the final assignment 5*0. means take the next 5 elements and pre-load the value of zero.

Now to assign an initial value to a character variable called string, of length 15.
		data string/'example        '/
Notice that when the value is loaded, the full length of the variable must be filled out with spaces.

Related Topics, Lectures and Examples

parameter statement

lectures six, nineteen, twenty five

examples: arith.f and grades1.f

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