ALIAS name#%$ AS some.thing.value
This command internally generates a pointer to the variable to the right of "AS". You can quite quickly access variables, lessen your typing work and avoid the calculation of  and  for each variable access.
If the size of any involved arrays gets changed (using commands like DIMPUSH, DIMDEL and DELETE), <B>this pointer will almost certainly be broken and your program will crash</B> ...if you're lucky.
fb AS Tfoo
LOCAL bar AS Tbar
ALIAS myfoo AS bar.fb.f
FUNCTION moo: BYREF bb