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Get current date/time each time a variable is called

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Hello,

This is my first time posting in the AutoIT forums, however I have been using this, the help section as well as Google for a while now to learn and understand AutoIT.

I hope I've put in everything that's required within the post below, I apologise if I have missed anything out.

If I need to rename the title to something more appropriate, please let me know.

Description of issue:

I sort of understand where I'm going wrong, by storing the current date and time within the defined variable ($logComputerDateTime) and always using that variable. However I'm unsure how to tackle the problem.

The reason for asking is that from the actual script I've written, I have a loop of 50 attempts to run an external utility with defined parameters. Unfortunately, that utility doesn't provide any output or logging once it has been successfully run, so once I've run that external utility, I'm querying a SQL database to view a specific record to verify if the record has been updated with a new value. Only once it has, I end the loop. (It's also an issue where the utility needs to be "spammed" for lack of a better word, in order to obtain the desired results).

I cannot include the original script as there's sensitive information within it, but I've pieced together two example bits of code, one where I'm having the issue and another to demonstrate what I'm trying to achieve.

I've tried to Google what and search the AutoIT forums for what I believe the issue to be however can't seem to find a way around this.

Again, I apologise if I've completely overlooked something, but any help or step in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

Example code (with issue):

Local $sleepValue = 1000
Local $logComputerDateTime = @ComputerName & " | " & @YEAR & "-" & @MON & "-" & @MDAY & " " & @HOUR & ":" & @MIN & ":" & @SEC & " | "

ConsoleWrite($logComputerDateTime & "Line number: " & @ScriptLineNumber & "." & @CRLF)
Sleep($sleepValue)
ConsoleWrite($logComputerDateTime & "Line number: " & @ScriptLineNumber & "." & @CRLF)
Sleep($sleepValue)
ConsoleWrite($logComputerDateTime & "Line number: " & @ScriptLineNumber & "." & @CRLF)
Sleep($sleepValue)

Example code (with a workaround):

#include <Date.au3>

Local $sleepValue = 1000

ConsoleWrite(@ComputerName & " | " & _NowCalc() & " | Line number: " & @ScriptLineNumber & "." & @CRLF)
Sleep($sleepValue)
ConsoleWrite(@ComputerName & " | " & _NowCalc() & " | Line number: " & @ScriptLineNumber & "." & @CRLF)
Sleep($sleepValue)
ConsoleWrite(@ComputerName & " | " & _NowCalc() & " | Line number: " & @ScriptLineNumber & "." & @CRLF)
Sleep($sleepValue)

 

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It's plain that a variable can't change by white magic when it's read, unless shared among processes or threads and changed outside your own control.  Your workaround is the only correct solution: invoke a function.

Edited by jchd

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