# point_distance

## Returns the length of a vector comprised of the
specified components.

**Syntax:**

point_distance(x1, y1, x2, y2);

Argument |
Description |

x1 |
The x coordinate of the first component of the vector |

y1 |
The y coordinate of the first component of the vector |

x2 |
The x coordinate of the second component of the vector |

y2 |
The y coordinate of the second component of the vector |

**Returns:** Real

### Description

This function returns the length of a vector formed by the
specified components [x1,y1] and [x2,y2]. For example, in the image
below if we want to get the distance between the player ship
position and the enemy position so that we can calculate if the
enemy is close enough to shoot at then we would use this function
(the exact code is in the example below the image):

### Example:

var ex, ey;

ex = instance_nearest(x, y, enemy).x;

ey = instance_nearest(x, y, enemy).y;

if point_distance(x, y, ex, ey) < 200

{

instance_create(x, y, obj_Missile)

}

The above code will get the x and y coordinates of the nearest
enemy and then use them to check the distance (length) of the
vector formed by them and the player coordinates. If the value is
less than 200, the player object will create an instance of
"obj_Missile".

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