dealing w/ multidimensional arrays

Alex Rice alex at
Mon Oct 14 07:51:00 EDT 2002

On Sunday, October 13, 2002, at 10:04  PM, David Vaughan wrote:

> On Monday, Oct 14, 2002, at 13:29 Australia/Sydney, Alex Rice wrote:
> Alex
>> "... having to scan all the keys and weed out the parts..."
> there is "filter", or were you not really saying what it says?

Filter will work for this particular problem, but I want to point out 
it could be potentially dangerous and isn't really correct. Supposing 
you have several keys in a multidimensional array

myArr[key1,key2,key3,key4,key5] -- 5 dimensions in this array
put myArr into tArr
filter tArr with "something" -- filter by a string we know occurs in 

But what if the string "something" occurs in key2,key3,key4 or key5? 
Not really what I want. If filter accepted a regex and I could say

filter tArr with "^something" -- anchor to beginning of key

that would make me feel better.

I suppose I'll write a function to trim down an array by regex 
searching on one of it's keys and returning the result.

Alex Rice, Software Developer
Architectural Research Consultants, Inc.
alrice at
alex_rice at

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