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The $Reverse function reverses the order of a string.


The format of $Reverse is:


where string is any character string.

For example:

Print $Reverse('AB CDEF')

prints the value FEDC BA.

$Reverse is particularly useful when the file manager defines an ORDERED field to contain the characters of a frequently retrieved field in reverse order. Thus, when leading wildcard patterns (for example, *SON) are used to retrieve records or values, the patterns can be reversed to optimize the ordered retrieval. If the patterns remain in leading wildcard form and the original, unreversed field is used to retrieve values or records, the entire Ordered Index is searched to find the values satisfying the pattern.

For example, an ORDERED field named WORD exists, and values ending in LY are to be retrieved frequently. To optimize this retrieval, another ORDERED field named REVERSE.WORD can be defined to store the reversed values in the WORD field, and the pattern *LY can be reversed to retrieve values in REVERSE.WORD LIKE 'YL*'. The pattern YL* optimizes the Ordered Index retrieval, providing much faster performance than *LY.