LSL 101/Functions That Return a Value

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The built-in functions we've seen so far, llSay and llOwnerSay, act as commands, causing something to happen in SL. But other built-in functions are used to retrieve information from SL and make it available to the script. In this case, we say that the function returns the information.

The built-in function llGetRegionName is an example of this. When executed, it returns the name of whatever sim the script is executing in. If the script is running in Ganymede, for example, executing llGetRegionName would return the string "Ganymede".

Here's how that would work in a script.

          // Announce the name of the current region
          llOwnerSay( llGetRegionName() );

Notice that llGetRegionName does not take any parameters, but it still has to be followed by a pair of parentheses. It is not followed by a semicolon, because it is not, by itself, a statement.

When the SL sim server executes the line

llOwnerSay( llGetRegionName() );

it first executes the llGetRegionName function and (in essence) replaces llGetRegionName() with the string that is returned. This results in something like

llOwnerSay( "Ganymede" );

which chats the string "Ganymede" to the object's owner.

Now let's make the output a little more meaningful by introducing string concatenation.

To continue this tutorial go forward to Creating a Script or review the page before, to Functions.