DescriptionStatic[.<type>] <variable[.<type>]> [= <constant expression>] [, ...]
Static allows to create a local persistent variable in a Procedure even if the same variable has been declared as Global in the main program. If a type is specified after Static, the default type is changed for this declaration. Static can also be used with arrays, linkedlists and maps. When declaring a static array, the dimension parameter has to be a constant value.
The value of the variable isn't reinitialized at each procedure call, means you can use local variables parallel to global variables (with the same name), and both will keep their values. Each variable can have a default value directly assigned to it, but it has to be a constant value.
Beside Static you can use the keyword Protected, to separate global from local variables, but with Protected the local variables will not keep their values.
Example: With variable
Global a a = 10 Procedure Change() Static a a+1 Debug "In Procedure: "+Str(a) ; Will print 1, 2, 3 as the variable increments at each procedure call. EndProcedure Change() Change() Change() Debug a ; Will print 10, as the static variable doesn't affect global one.
Example: With array
Global Dim Array(2) Array(0) = 10 Procedure Change() Static Dim Array(2) Array(0)+1 Debug "In Procedure: "+Str(Array(0)) ; Will print 1, 2, 3 as the value of the array field increments at each procedure call. EndProcedure Change() Change() Change() Debug Array(0) ; Will print 10, as the static array doesn't affect global one.