# Working with CalcQuickBase in Windows Forms Calculation Engine (Calculate)

26 Apr 2021 / 5 minutes to read

The simplest way to use Essential Calculate is through an instance of its CalcQuickBase class. This class provides options to directly parse and compute a formula, or register variable names that can later be used in more complex formulas involving these variables.

After registering the variables,it provides options to perform manual or automatic calculations. `CalcQuickBase`

is predefined derived class from `ICalcData`

interface.

## Compute using values

The ParseAndCompute method of `CalcQuickBase`

parses and computes the given formula string and returns the computed value.

```
CalcQuickBase calcQuick = new CalcQuickBase();
//Computing Expressions,
string formula = "(5+25)*2";
string result = calcQuick.ParseAndCompute(formula);
//Computing In-Built formulas,
string formula = "SUM(5,5)";
string result = calcQuick.ParseAndCompute(formula);
```

## Compute using Variables

Computation using variables is performed by evaluating the formulas or expressions with the `CalcQuickBase`

registered variable key values.

### Register variable names

To register the variables in `CalcQuickBase`

, it must be enclosed within square brackets “[ ]”. Eg. [A]. These registered variable names are indexer keys.

A variable name must begin with an alphabetical character and can contain only letters and digits. It is not case-sensitive. To register a string as a variable name and

simply index the `CalcQuickBase`

object with the name. To set its value, assign the value or formula to the registered variable name.

```
CalcQuickBase calcQuick = new CalcQuickBase();
calcQuick["A"] = "5";
calcQuick["B"] = "6";
calcQuick["C"] = "11";
```

### Evaluation

#### Compute directly with variables

If the user wants the variable to hold a string which is a formula or be treated as a formula, then begin that string with FormulaCharacter of `CalcQuickBase`

. The default value of this `FormulaCharacter`

is “=”.

so, that it is parsed and computed through the indexing code.

Below example shows the computation of formula or expressions directly with registered variable keys.

```
CalcQuickBase calcQuick = new CalcQuickBase();
calcQuick["A"] = "5";
calcQuick["B"] = "6";
calcQuick["C"] = "11";
//Computing expressions,
calcQuick["result"] = "=([A]+[B])/[C]";
//Computing In-Built formulas,
calcQuick["result"] = "=SUM([A],[B])"
```

Download Calculation with values and variables demo from GitHub

#### Compute using ParseAndCompute method

The ParseAndCompute method of `CalcQuickBase`

parses and computes the given formula string and returns the computed value.

Any string that is passed in `ParseAndCompute`

method of `CalcQuickBase`

directly will be treated as a formula, whether or not it begins with FormulaCharacter.

Below example shows the computation of formula or expressions using `ParseAndCompute`

method of `CalcQuickBase`

.

```
CalcQuickBase calcQuick = new CalcQuickBase();
calcQuick["A"] = "5";
calcQuick["B"] = "6";
calcQuick["C"] = "11";
//Computing expressions,
calcQuick["result"] = calcQuick.ParseAndCompute("([A]+[B])/[C]");
//Computing in built formulas,
calcQuick["result"] = calcQuick.ParseAndCompute("SUM([A],[B])");
```

For more information regarding `ParseAndCompute`

method, refer here.

## Automatic calculations

By default, `CalcQuickBase`

does not try to track any dependencies among the variables. To enable automatic recalculation of dependent variables,

set the AutoCalc property of `CalcQuickBase`

to `True`

. Once this is done, the `CalcQuickBase`

object maintains the required dependency information.

RefreshAllCalculations method of `CalcQuickBase`

forces the recalculation of all variables registered with the `CalcQuickBase`

object.

This has to be done after the `AutoCalc`

property has been set to `True`

, so that the dependencies between variables can be monitored.

Below example shows the computation of formula or expressions using `ParseAndCompute`

method of `CalcQuickBase`

```
//Initialize,
CalcQuickBase calcQuick = new CalcQuickBase();
//Registering keys with values,
calcQuick["A"] = "5";
calcQuick["B"] = "6";
calcQuick["C"] = "11";
//Computing in built formulas,
calcQuick["result"] = calcQuick.ParseAndCompute("SUM([A],[B],[C])");
//Setting the Auto calculation mode,
calcQuick.AutoCalc = true;
//To recompute formulas stored in CalcQuickBase object,
calcQuick.RefreshAllCalculations();
//Changing the variable "C" value to "3",
calcQuick["C"] = "3";
//Output result after the change of variable "C",
var Output = calcQuick["result"];
```

Below example shows the computation of formula or expressions without using `ParseAndCompute`

method of `CalcQuickBase`

```
//Initialize,
CalcQuickBase calcQuick = new CalcQuickBase();
//Registering keys with values,
calcQuick["A"] = "5";
calcQuick["B"] = "6";
calcQuick["C"] = "11";
//Computing in built formulas,
calcQuick["result"] = "=[A]+[B]+[C]";
//Setting the Auto calculation mode,
calcQuick.AutoCalc = true;
//Changing the variable "C" value to "3",
calcQuick["C"] = "3";
//To recompute formulas stored in CalcQuickBase object,
calcQuick.RefreshAllCalculations();
//Output result after the change of variable "C",
var Output = calcQuick["result"];
```

## Reset keys

Registered variables or indexer keys registered with `CalcQuickBase`

object can be cleared or reset by using ResetKeys method of `CalcQuickBase`

class.

```
//Initialize,
CalcQuickBase calcQuick = new CalcQuickBase();
//Registering keys with values,
calcQuick["A"] = "5";
calcQuick["B"] = "6";
calcQuick["C"] = "11";
//Clears the registered keys,
calcQuick.ResetKeys();
```