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RE: Holding name of argument

use SymbolName, it returns a string with the name of the symbol.

>-----Original Message-----
>From:	mike johnson []
>Sent:	Tuesday, February 10, 1998 6:02 PM
>Subject:	[mg10815] Holding name of argument
>  I have written a function for writing data in binary form to a file. I
>use the MathLink program by Todd Gayley and John Fultz that is a
>replacement for the standard (slow) package Utilities`BinaryFiles`. I
>am successful in writing mixed forms of ascii, single variable, and
>large array data to the file (quickly). 
>  The syntax of the function is writeBinary[field_,fileName_] := ...
>What I am having trouble with now is writing the name of the first
>argument into the file. That is, when the function is called I want to
>save the name of the first argument as an ascii string and write that
>string into the file. I have played for a while with HoldFirst and
>HoldForm, but so far I am missing the point.
>  Thanks in advance for any help.
>Michael A. Johnson, Mail Stop L-463
>Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Lab
>7000 East Ave., P. O. Box 808
>Livermore, CA 94551
>Fax: (510) 422-6007

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