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Use the DEFC statement to declare an external C function to the jBASE BASIC compiler, define its arguments, and return types. The statement takes the general form:

DEFC {FuncType} FuncName ({ArgType {, ArgType ...}})


  • FuncType and ArgType are of INT, FLOAT or VAR type. FuncType specifies the type of result that the function will return. Assumes INT if FuncType is omitted.
  • The optional list of ArgTypes specifies the argument types that the C function will expect. The compiler must know this in advance, as it will automatically perform type conversions on these arguments


  • The DEFC statement assumes that the C functions will need to manipulate jBASE BASIC variables and hence will also require the thread data pointer. As such, all C functions require recoding to include the data pointer as an argument to the C function. The location of the data pointer argument depends upon the function return type.
  • A DEFC must be compiled for each C function before making any reference to it, else the compiler will not recognize the function name.
  • The function is called in the same manner, as it would be in a C program, which means it can be used as if it was an intrinsic function of the jBASE BASIC language and therefore returns a value. However, specifying it as a standalone function call causes the compiler to generate code that ignores any returned values.
  • When passing jBASE BASIC variables to a C function, the predefined macros must be utilized to access the various data types it contains. C functions are particularly useful for increasing the performance of tight loops that perform specific functions. The jBASE BASIC compiler must cater for any eventuality within a loop (such as the controlling variable changing from integer to floating point).

A dedicated C function can ignore such events, if they are guaranteed not to happen.

  • The jBASE BASIC programmer may freely ignore the type of argument used when invoking the C function, as the jBASE BASIC compiler will automatically perform type conversion.

An example of use is as follows: 

c function

#include <jsystem.h>
#include <assert.h>

#define JBASEDP

VAR *MyString(VAR *Result, JBASEDP VAR *VarPtr)
    char *Ptr;
    assert(dp != NULL);
    Ptr = (char *) CONV_SFB(VarPtr);
    printf("MyString: %s - %d\n", Ptr, strlen(Ptr) );
    STORE_VBI(Result, strlen(Ptr) );

INT32 MyCalc(INT32 Value1, INT32 Value2)
    INT32 Result;
    Result = (Value1 / Value2);
    printf("MyCalc: %d\n", Result);

jBASIC code


var1 = 'var one'
var2 = 'var two'
int1 = 123
int2 = 456

var_result = MyString(var1, var2)

int_result = MyCalc(int1, int2)

CRT var_result, int_result

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